Samuel J. Ainsworth

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Samuel James Ainsworth was from Otway Street, Ballarat East. He was a Manual Arts student at the Ballarat Technical Art School, then taught woodwork before enlisting for service during World War One. The 21 year old was a member of the 7th Battalion, and sailed from Melbourne in April 1916 on the Suffolk.

On 27 March 1918 the Ballarat Technical Art School Principal report stated:

I am pleased to report that Mr S. Ainsworth, an ex Manual Arts Student at thos School and the late temporary at the Junior Tecl School staff, has been awarded the "Distinguished Condauct Medal for bravery in France.[1]

Samuel James Ainsworth (DCM) (SN5026) was a Lieutenant with the 1st M.G. Battalion who enrolled on 7 July 1915, returned to Australia and became a civilian again on 22 August 1919.[2]

James Ainsworth served again during World War Two, with the 101st Motor Regiment, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


The World War One service of Samuel James Ainsworth recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.

The recipient of a Distinguised Conduct Medal was awarded to Samuel Ainsworth in October 1917 for his gallantry as a runner during heavy fighting near Zonnebeke in Belgium. He was also instrumental in capturing a German machine gun and seven prisoners.

Samuel James Ainsworth's name is listed in the Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll.[3]

See also

Ballarat School of Mines



  1. Ballarat Technical Art School Principals Report, 1918-1919.
  2. 'First World War Nominal Roll Page - AWM133, 01-039.' Australian War Memorial.
  3. Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll, University of Ballarat Historical Collection 536

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--Clare K.Gervasoni 09:52, 6 June 2020 (AEST)

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