James Arthur Williams

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James Arthur Williams
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1896
Place of Birth Kadina, South Australia
Death 22 Feb 1965. aged 69
Place of Death Gosnells, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 11 months
Description 5'2½" (1.59m) tall ; 124lbs
56.245 kg
; fresh complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Tallyman
Religion Church of England
Address Wheatley street, Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr James Williams
Military Information
Reg Number 7160
Date of Enlistment 16 Apr 1917
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 21st reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 24 Jul 1917 ‒ 16 Sep 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A16 Port Melbourne Albany to Liverpool
Date of Return 25 Sep 1919 ‒ 3 Nov 1919
Ship Returned On SS Mahana
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Primary School Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Prior to the war he was working locally as a tallyman in a timber yard.

War Service

James entered Blackboy Hill camp on 16 Apr 1917, and on 8 May 1917 he was allocated to the 21st reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. he trained with them and sailed from Albany for England with them. On arrival he was sent to the 7th Training Battalion in Rollestone to prepare for service on the Western front. From 13 Oct 1917 until 3 Nov 1917 James was in the Fovant Military Hospital with mumps. Discharged he rejoined the 7th Training Battalion, but on 8 Nov 1917 he was transferred to the 6th Training Battalion at Fovant to catchup on the training missed while he was in hospital.

On 12 Feb 1918 he proceeded overseas to Le Havre, France via Southampton to reinforce the 16th Battalion, and on 18 Feb 1918 he was taken on strength by them at Spoil Bank in Belgium, just before they moved back into the lines again. On 27 Oct 1918, after they had been withdrawn from the protracted fighting in the Somme valley, James was sent to the Corps gas School, rejoining the battalion on 2 Nov 1918.

While in the absence of a specific mention in a soldier's records you cannot be sure that he participated in a battle as 25 - 30% of the unit was held back as a nucleus to build around after taking casualties, the 16th Battalion participated in the following battle after James joined them: Arras, 1918 ; Ancre, 1918 ; Hamel ; Amiens ; Albert ; 1918 Hindenburg Line ; and Epéhy

Detached to the 5th Division's reinforcement Wing on 5 Dec 1918 until 3 Jan 1919, and then detached to the Central School on 30 Jan 1919, James embarked for the UK to begin the return home on 13 May 1919. On 14 Jul 1919 James married 21 year old Flora Fraser Glendinning Stirling of 2 Crichton street, Edinburgh.

James was discharged by the 5th Military District on 3 Dec 1919.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 - 1934 Wheatley street, Gosnells, tallyman; 1943 - 1958 Albany road, Gosnells, tallyman.

Flora died on 18 Jun 1966 in Gosnells.


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