Selby Hartwell James

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Selby Hartwell James
Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Dec 1895
Place of Birth Kenwick, Western Australia
Death 14 May 1976, aged 80
Place of Death Maylands, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 25 years, 6 months
Description 5'9¾" (1.m) tall ; 140 lbs
63.503 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Dairyhand
Religion Church of England
Address Maddington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Frank Barnett Carl James
Military Information
Reg Number 3238
Date of Enlistment 24 Jul 1916
Rank Trooper
Unit/Formation 10th Light Horse Regiment, 26th Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 26 Feb 1917 ‒ 18 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On RMS Morea Fremantle to Bombay
Date of Embarkation 18 Mar 1917 ‒ 4 Apr 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A47 Mashobra Bombay to Suez
Date of Return 10 Jul 1919 ‒ 4 Aug 1919
Ship Returned On SS Oxfordshire
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries; 1916 "Thornlie", Maddington, dairyhand

War Service

Entered camp on 24 Jul 1916 and on 19 Oct 1916 he was allocated to the 24th reinforcement draft for the 10th Light Horse Regiment. This was changed to the 26th draft on 1 Feb 1917. Selby and his fellow passengers transferred from the RMS Morea to HMAT A47 Mashobra in Bombay on 18 Mar 1917. On arrival in Egypt, Selby was sent to the 'A' Details Camp at Moascar before transferring to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade's training camp on 21 May 1917. Three days later he was taken on strength by the 10th Light Horse Regiment at Marakeb.

On 26 Feb 1918 Selby was sent to the Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp at Port Said, returning to his unit on 10 Mar 1918. On 16 Aug 1918 he was sent to hospital ill, and on 21 Aug 1918 admitted to the 47th Stationary Hospital at Gaza. He was discharged to duty on 26 Aug 1918, but sent to the Port Said rest camp again from 29 Aug 1918 to 26 Sep 1918. He was able to rejoin his unit on 18 Nov 1918.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 14 Sep 1919

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 - 1937 "Thornlie", Maddington, dairy hand; 1943 at Collin street, East Perth, soldier; 1949 at 12 Stirling street Bayswater, labourer; 1954 - 1972 at 12 Derby street, Bayswater, labourer, later retired

During 1919 Selby married Ivy Zillah Mary Stone. Ivy died on 30 Jul 1979, aged 81 in Inglewood. Children were Ron, Stan, and Myrtle Ivy.

Selby served during WW2 with the 5th Australian LOC Provost Company as a Sergeant from 14 Aug 1940 until 19 Oct 1945.


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