Jacob HELMS

Jacob Helms DCM Photo:
Australian War Memorial
Birthplace
Jutland, Denmark
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Photographer & Journalist
Enlisted
27-May-1915
Place
Liverpool NSW
Age
30
Status
Single
Service No
1748
Rank
Private
Unit
19th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements
Embarked
19-June-1915
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Gallipoli, Western Front
Highest rank
2nd Lieutenant
Honours and Awards
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Fate
How Died
Killed in action
Date
14 November 1916
Place
Flers, France
Cemetery or Memorial
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Notes

Name on ROH: J. HAIM

 

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers' Memorial

 

Jacob Helms landed at Gallipoli in May 1915. In December he developed oedema and was invalided to hospital in Cairo. He re-joined his unit in Egypt in February 1916 and arrived in France in March. In July his bravery at Pozieres earned him a DCM and he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in August. During an attack at Flers in November 1916 he was killed in action. His body was never found.

 

Distinguished Conduct Medal citation: ‘For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Pozieres. On night of 25-26 July he reconnoitred the ground under heavy shell fire, and placed two Lewis guns in position displaying great judgment and coolness. On night of 28-29 July he collected stragglers and guided them across open country to newly dug trench. He acted as a guide to 28th Battalion prior to their attack on German trenches and afterwards went inti No Man’s Land and brought in wounded men under heavy fire.' (Awarded 14 December 1916)