James Henry Larkin

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James Henry Larkin
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1870
Place of Birth Carlingford, Louth, Ireland
Death 2 Apr 1947
Place of Death San Souci, New South Wales
Age at Enlistment 44 years, 11 months
Description 5'6½" (1.69m) tall ; 145lbs
65.771 kg
; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair ; tattoo of anchor on left forearm
Occupation Labourer
Religion Roman Catholic
Address 7 Pier street, Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin Sister , Mrs Elizabeth Doyle
Military Information
Reg Number 5164
Date of Enlistment 10 Nov 1915
Rank Sapper
Unit/Formation 13th Field Company, 3rd Reinforcement posted to No 9 Section.
Date of Embarkation 17 Dec 1915 ‒ ?? Jan 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A35 Berrima Sydney to Egypt
Date of Return 8 Apr 1917 ‒ ?? May 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A37 Barambah England to Fremantle
Date of Return 15 Aug 1917 ‒ 23 Aug 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A15 Port Sydney Fremantle to Sydney
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

A Widower. 1903 - 1909 living at North Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria.

War Service

On entering Blackboy Hill camp on 10 Nov 1915, James was allocated to the 35th Depot Company to begin his basic training. Two days later he was mustered as a Sapper and transferred to Engineering reinforcements, initially the 2nd draft for the 6th Field Company, but later the 3rd draft for the 13th Company.

On 6 Mar 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir in Egypt James was taken on strength by the Engineers 13th Field Company, and on 28 May 1916 at Alexandria he was embarked on HMT Briton for England. Arriving on 8 Jun 1916 he was sent to the Australian Engineers Training Depot at Brightlingsea. While there he spent from 14 Sep to 4 Oct 1916 in the Mont D'Orr Hospital, and later from 5 Nov 1916 until 18 Nov 1916 in the Hilsea Hospital with VD.

On 4 Dec 1916 James proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone. However, on 31 Feb 1917 he returned to England from the Australian General Base Depot in France

James's return to Australia was to terminate in Sydney but after boarding the HMAT A33 Ayrshire he took leave, authorised or other wise and 'missed the boat', resulting in his having to complete the journey to Sydney on the HMAT A15 Port Sydney while forfeiting six day's pay. Arriving in Sydney he was taken on strength by the 2nd Military District on 24 Aug 1917. Discharged by the 2nd Military District on 6 Oct 1917 as medically unfit - rheumatism.

Post War

His application for pension was rejected as not being war caused.

On 14 Oct 1922 James married Eva Mabel Merrick in Sydney, New South Wales.

1947 16 McMillan avenue, San Souci, New South Wales

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