Captain James “ Monty” Montagu Christian Corlette, was aged 34, a brilliant University of Sydney Engineering graduate. He was also an experienced commissioned soldier who had extensive infantry and military intelligence training. He was already a Major in the Australian Engineers before his appointment to the AIF.
The following is a direct link to a detailed biography published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, (MUP), 1981
The CRE and staff of the 2nd Australian Divisional Engineers at Thyle-le-Chateau, Belgium in January 1919. Identified from left to right are: Back Row: Sapper Martin; Lance Corporal Trebilco; Lieutenant H E Harris, MC, Adjutant; Sapper L R Werdner, MM; Sergeant Haddon; Major C S Thomson, Medical Officer. Front row: Sergeant R G Phillips, AAPC; Sergeant E V Hopkins; Regimental Sergeant Major G Webster, DCM; Lieutenant Colonel J M Corlette, DSO, CRE (bottom right foot of steps)
Group portrait of the officers of the 7th Company Engineers, at Leewerk Farm, near Neuve Eglise – Belgium: Western Front – Messines area – 28th December 1917.
Seated Centre Lieutenant Colonel J. M. C. Corlette DSO, Commander, Royal Engineers, 2nd Division (later awarded the French Legion d’Honneur)
Awarded a Knighthood – The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George Third Class – for services rendered in connection with military operations in France and Flanders.
Order of St Michael and St George
The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George was founded in 1818. It was established to give recognition to British subjects who have served abroad or within the British Commonwealth. It was also used during WW I to acknowledge military exploits. There are three classes of award:
- Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GCMG, DCMG),
- Knight/Dame Commanders (KCMG), and
- Commanders (CMG).
Australians have been recognised in all three classes with a total of 990 awards.
Source : itsanhonour.gov.au