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James Martin Clement Neagle

Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
1889
Lieu de naissance:
Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia

Informations générales

Profession:
Ironworker

Informations service militaire

Pays:
Australia
Force armée:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
2233A
Incorporation date:
11/05/1916
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Unités:
 —  Australian Infantry, 50th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
18/10/1917
Lieu de décès:
Celtic Wood, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
28

Cimetière

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XXVIII
Rangée: A
Tombe: 2

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Complément d'informations

James Martin Clement Neagle was a 28-year old ironworker from Port Pirie, South Australia. He volunteered in May 1916 and served with the Australian Infantry 50th Battalion in Flanders. He was wounded during the aftermath of the Battle of Messines and was heavily traumatized, suffering from shellshock for months. He was only able to rejoin his unit on 7 October 1917.

After having seen action during the Battle of Polygon Wood (26 September – 3 October 1917), the 4th Australian Division took part in the First Battle of Passchendaele (12 October 1917). Both of these attacks were stages of the Third Battle of Ypres. The latter was carried out by the 12th Brigade of the 4th Australian Division. The Brigade wasn’t able to capture its objective at the Keiberg Spur and was forced to withdraw. Overall the First Battle of Passchendaele had been an utter failure. Casualties had been high along the whole line, while no significant gains had been made.

On the following day the 50th Australian Battalion relieved the 49th Australian Battalion in the frontline near the hamlet of Nieuwemolen and Defy Crossing. German shelling of the Battalion’s positions was persistent throughout the following days. Meanwhile the 50th Battalion started wiring the front line. This job was completed except about 100 yards on the 18th of October 1917. From 10.15 p.m. to 5.45 a.m. the German artillery consistently shelled the frontline and the 50th Battalion’s rear. Both gas shells and high explosive shells were fired on the Battalion’s positions. The Battalion was relieved in the frontline on the following day.

Private James Martin Clement Neagle was killed in action on the 18th of October 1917. He was buried in the field on the Broodseinde Ridge near Celtic (D.29.d.40.20). The place of his original grave was approximately 2 kilometers south of the 50th Battalion’s position. This may indicate that Private Neagle may have been killed while he was deployed as a courier or while assisting another unit further down the line. His remains were exhumed after the war and were interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

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"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pg. 128-129.
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AIF-project
https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/search
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Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10687332
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/480377/neagle,-james-martin-clement/
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National Archives of Australia
http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx
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The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
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War Diary Australian Infantry 50th Bn.
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1338583
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