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James Grisby BARKER

Regimental number1308
Place of birthBirmingham, England
SchoolCouncil School, Birmingham, England
Age on arrival in Australia38
Address41 Charles Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 8.25"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinBrother, E Barker, 41 Charles Street, Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death39
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles,France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Detailed to Permanent Beach Party, 8 July 1915.

Returned to unit on demobilisation of Permanent Beach Party (1st Australian Division), Ismailia, 23 December 1915; rejoined 7th Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 23 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 February 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 230604: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as James Gristy BARKER.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARKER James Grisby
Red Cross file 230604

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