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James Munro BALDING

Regimental number5040
Place of birthArmadale, Victoria
Address39 Sutherland Road, Armadale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mr C C Balding, c/o Mrs Llewehlyn, Alexandra, Victoria
Previous military serviceMember for 6 months Rifle Club, Cheltenham
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 November 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1919
Discharge date11 April 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Promoted Sergeant, 3 July 1916.

Taken on strength, 15th Training Bn, 7 March 1917.

Transferred to 63rd Bn, 4 June 1917.

On Command, Officer Training Corps, Kandahar Barracks, 30 July 1917.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 19 September 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 24 September 1917.

Found guilty, 14 February 1918, of negl;ecting to obey AIF Headquarters Order para 'Bounds': admonished.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 July 1918; taken on strength, 59th Bn, in the field, 10 July 1918.

Wounded in action, 2 September 1918 (gun shot wound, left wrist), and admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, transferred to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, and then, same day, to 5th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 3 September 1918, and admitted to Whitecross Hospital, Warrington (affiliated with Lord Derby War Hospital), 4 September 1918; discharged on leave, 23 January 1919, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 February 1919.

Attached to Australian Army Pay Corps, London, 6 February 1919.

Married Margaret Hilda DAY, spinster, aged 25, Fletton Anglican Church, Huntingdonshire, 23 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ormonde' 15 November 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 26 December 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 11 April 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 April 1939
Age at death53
SourcesNAA: B2455, BALDING James Munro

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