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James Barber

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James Barber
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Personal Information
Date of Birth Not known
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Place of Birth Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Death 26 January 1937, aged 59
Place of Death East Perth, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 38
Description 5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 154 lbs
69.853 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Miner
Religion Church of England
Address Spring Gully, Greenbushes, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Ethel Barber
Military Information
Reg Number 4151
Date of Enlistment 25 September 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement to D Company / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 17 January 1916 ‒ 9 February 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A30 Borda
Date of Return 9 September 1916 ‒ 20 September 1916
Ship Returned On HMAT A61 Kanowna
Fate Wounded in action 22-25 Jul 1916 Poziéres
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Electoral Roll entry - 1914, George street, Greenbushes, miner

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 25 Sep 1915, and on 9 Nov 1915 he was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion and travelled with them to Egypt.

In Egypt on 19 Mar 1916 James was taken on strength of the 11th Battalion, and posted to D Company. On 30 Mar 1916 along with the rest of his unit he embarked on HMT Corsican in Alexandria for travel to Marseilles, arriving there on 5 Apr 1916. Here they were entrained for Fletre in northern France, before moving to Sailly where they were placed in reserve billets.

Although his records show that he was reported missing on 25 Jul 1916, and that he was wounded in action between 22 and 25 Jul 1916, there is also an entry that indicates he was wounded with gun shot wounds to his left elbow and head on 23 Jul 1916. Four days earlier (night of the 19th) the battalion had moved into the front line at Poziéres. During the night 22/23 Jul 1916, with the 9th Battalion on its right and the 1st Brigade on its left, it had attacked enemy positions at Poziéres. D Company were on the left flank attacking the first of the battalion's objectives. They had crawled out of their trenches and to about 50 metres from their first objective while waiting for the pre attack artillery barrage to commence. During this period an enemy machine gun caused some casualties. Further casualties to the first wave were caused by their own artillery when they advanced too far forward in their enthusiasm.

As James' multiple injuries were most likely caused by either a machine gun, or shrapnel, we might assume that he was an early casualty. Evacuated from the battle field on 23 Jul 1916 by the 2nd Field Ambulance, he was treated by the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station before being transferred to the 32nd Stationary Hospital in Wimereux on 26 Jul 1916. He was later moved on to Boulogne on 8 Aug 1916 for evacuation to England.

From Boulogne he was evacuated to England aboard HMHS Cambria and on 8 Aug 1916 he was admitted to the King George Hospital in Stanford street. At this point his injuries were described as severe wounds to his head and left shoulder.

On 30 Aug 1916 he was transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital

On arrival back in Australia he was admitted to the 8th General Hospital in Fremantle until 21 Oct 1916. Discharged by 5th Military District on 28 Feb 1917.

Post War

On 1 Mar 1917, James' pension was increased to 60/- fortnightly, his wife Ethel's to 30/-, and daughter Agnes' to 20/- fortnightly. This would imply a very heavy limitation to James ability to work.

Ethel died in Perth on 19 Jan 1928, age 50.

Notes

Link to district is not obvious, but is the most likely match for name on the Mundijong War Memorial


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