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Lawrence Mouland JAMES

Regimental number229
Date of birth3 August 1884
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
SchoolErrol Street, North Melbourne, Victoria; Surrey Hills and Sassafras State Schools
Other trainingClerkship, Athletics, singing, mechanicsm
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCarpenter
Addressc/- Mrs Marra, Langhorne's Creek, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 4.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Doris Eliza James, c/- Mrs Marra, Langhorne's Creek, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Machine Gun Section
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Private James was an old member of the Carlton (Victoria) Runners Club and was at one time one of the foremost athletes. His abounding vitality and open-heartedness made him a general favourite." Details from wife.
FateDied of wounds 21 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt Lawrence Moreland James on NR
Place of death or woundingBailleul, France
Age at death31.11
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 87), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
178
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary JAMES; husband of Mrs D.E. JAMES, 2 Dove Street, Henley Park, South Australia. Native of Adelaide, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 564 Pte Herbert GOLDING, 23rd Bn, died of wounds, 27 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Transferred to 8th Machine Gun Company, 9 March 1916; taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, date not recorded (gun shot wound, abdomen); admitted to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 9 pm, 21 July 1916.

Buried Bailleul Cemetery, Rev. J.T. HALL officiating.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1420802, 298 Pte H.L. SPRIGG, 8th Machine Gun Company (patient, No 9 General Hospital, Rouen), 14 December 1916: 'I was told (I think) by M. Gnr. Clutterbuck, that he had seen James killed by shell fire on the night of the 19th July at Fromelles. James was buried near Fleurbaix ... '

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JAMES Lawrence Mouland
Red Cross File No 1420802

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