James Kershaw

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James Kershaw
Courtesy Helen Manson
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1891
Place of Birth Manchester, Lancashire, England
Death 28 Jan 1964, aged 72
Place of Death Palmyra, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 23 Years 8 months
Description 5' 11¾" (1.82m) tall ; 178 lbs
80.739 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Brickmaker
Religion Church of England
Address Cardup via Beenup, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Alice Kershaw
Military Information
Reg Number 3393
Date of Enlistment 28 Jul 1915
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement transferred to 51st Battalion and then to the 4th Pioneer Battalion / 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 2 Nov 1915 ‒ 26 Nov 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A38 Ulysses
Date of Return 28 Feb 1919 ‒ 7 Apr 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A68 Anchises
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Beenup panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1916, brickmaker, Brickworks via Beenup

War Service

Six weeks after entering Blackboy Hill camp, James was allocated to the 11th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, and travelled with them to Egypt.

On 7 Jan 1916 he was taken on strength by the 11th Battalion, and allocated to A Company. However, with the establishment of the 51st Battalion, he was one of those transferred to the 51st Battalion on 1 Mar 1916. This may not have impressed him as on 13 Mar 1916 he was AWOL for much of the day and was punished for that lapse in discipline, and transferred three days later on 16 Mar 1916 to the 4th Division's Pioneer Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir.

Between 26 and 28 Mar 1916 the Pioneer recruits marched the 50 or so miles through the desert to their new base at Serapeum on the Suez Canal where they alternated between training and providing working parties until 3 Jun 1916 when they entrained for Alexandria.

After a seven day voyage aboard HMT Scotian they entered France via Marseilles on 11 Jun 1916. On 12 Jun 1916 they again travelled by train, this time to Bailleul, from where they marched to Armentiès.

On 2 Nov 1916 James was appointed Lance Corporal, and next day was AWOL for an hour in the evening so was reduced to Private. Reported sick to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance on 12 Dec 1916 with blistered feet (4th Pioneers were building a Decauville tramline in the Ypres Salient), on 24 Dec 1916 he was admitted to the 38th Casualty Clearing Station when problems with his knee arose. He returned to his unit on 2 Jan 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal again on 9 Sep 1917, and he enjoyed 10 days leave in Paris in Feb 1918. James attended a course at the Australian Corps Gas School in July 1918, before being promoted Corporal on 17 Aug 1918. More leave followed with a fortnight to the United Kingdom in late Aug 1918.

On 2 Jan 1919 he was chosen to attend a two week camp associated with the Army's Rugby Football Team, and as a 1915 veteran he was sent back to Australia in early 1919.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 3 Jun 1919

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1922 Beenup; 1926 - 1930 a settler at Group 74 Gnarabup (Margaret River); 1931 - 37 a brickmaker, at Mead street Byford; 1937 returned to Group 74; 1943 - 54 Mead street Byford; 1958 - 63 retired to 32 Solomon street, Palmyra.

Son Roy Kershaw bornin Kelmscott on 13 Aug 1925 served during WW2 - see Roy Kershaw


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