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|Date of Birth||Not known|
|Place of Birth||Lewisham, New South Wales|
|Death||7 Jun 1940 aged 61|
|Place of Death||Victoria Park, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||36 years old|
5'8" (1.m) tall ; 127lbs|
57.606 kg; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; light hair ; tattoo on left forearm
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||William street, East Cannington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Doris Baillie|
|Date of Enlistment||16 Aug 1915|
|Unit/Formation||6th Field Company Engineers|
|Date of Embarkation||23 Nov 1915 ‒ ?? Dec 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A40 Ceramic Melbourne to Egypt|
|Date of Return||25 Dec 1918 ‒ 1 Feb 1919|
|Ship Returned On||HMT Takada|
Wounded in action 3 May 1917 |
Wounded in action 23 Jul 1918
Returned to Australia
|Monument||none as yet|
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Previous experience with the Militia (Infantry).
James married Doris Harvey on 4 Apr 1912 at St John's, Milligan Street, Perth. Doris was a Widow.
Electoral Roll entries: 1914 James a fitter and Doris at William street Cannington; 1916 Doris has remained at William street, Cannington;
City of Perth Rate books - Doris at 39 Adelaide terrace in 1919; 1922 renting a shop in Hay street;
1941 Post Office Directory - Doris at 14 Oswald street, Victoria Park.
Within a month of entering camp James was allocated to the Engineers - No 3 Section, 6th Field Company.
On 19 Mar 1916 he boarded the "City of Edinburgh" in Alexandria harbour, for Marseilles in France where he arrived on 27 Mar 1916. Keen to make the acquaintance of the locals he immediately went AWOL - from 1pm 27 Mar till 6:00pm 30 Mar 1916 (77 hours between 27 and 30 Mar 1916 and was awarded 28 days Field Punishment and forfeited 32 days pay.)
On 12 Apr 1917 he was charged with being 'Unshaven on Parade' for which the punishment was the loss of 2 days pay. James was Wounded in action on 3 May 1917 when he received a shell wound to the head from the enemy bombardment that followed the attack on OG1 and OG2 near Reincourt in a battle that became known as 2nd Bullecourt.
Treated by the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station he was placed on Ambulance Train No 16 the same day for Rouen where he was admitted to the 5th General Hospital. On 14 Mar 1917 he was transferred to the 2nd Convalescent Depot in Rouen, and on 19 May 1917 to the 11th Convalescent Depot at Buchy. By 12 Jun 1917 he was fit to return to the fighting and was released to the Australian General Base Depot in Rouelles. A week later he was back with his Company.
On 7 Oct 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal before travelling to the UK for leave between 4 Dec and 23 Dec when he rejoined his unit. On 28 Dec 1917 James was detached for duty to the 4th Field Artillery Brigade, rejoining his unit on 27 Jan 1918, remaining with them until 18 May 1918 when he was sent to the Corps Gas School, returning on 26 May 1918.
Despite this training, on 23 Jul 1918 James was the victim of a gas shell, requiring attention first from the 6th Australian Field Ambulance, before he was passed to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station and on 27 Jul 1918 to the 41st Stationary Hospital in Pont Remy who diagnosed the injury had been caused by Mustard Gas. Released to the 2nd Stationary Hospital on 7 Aug 1918, two days later he was placed on Ambulance Train 19 for the 2nd Australian General Hospital in Boulogne. Classified as dangerously ill on 10 Aug 1918.
On 20 Aug 1918 he was evacuated to England where he entered hospital in Kent. On 4 Oct 1918 he was released to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital before being transferred to 2nd Command Depot in Weymouth on 13 Nov 1918. One of the earlier ones to head home.
Electoral Roll entries: 1936 at 12 St George's terrace, Perth, canvasser; 1943 - 1954 Doris at 14 Oswald street, Victoria Park