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DATE OF EM ACTION: 01/10/1919 between Mafeking and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Little is known about engine driver James Walsh other than his actions on 1st October 1919 on his train between Mafeking and Johannesburg, South Africa.
On the 1st October, 1919, while a passenger train of the South African Railways Administration was proceeding from Mafeking to Johannesburg, the engine developed a defect which resulted in a volume of scalding steam escaping from the boiler. Walsh, the engine-driver, was severely scalded, but, in spite of this, remained on his engine and eventually succeeded in bringing the train to a standstill. As a result of the injuries he sustained, Walsh spent a long period in hospital and will never again be able to fallow his occupation of an engine-driver. He displayed great bravery and’presence of mind, and, as the train was running down a hill, there is little doubt that, if he had lost control of his engine, a serious accident would have resulted.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.