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William JAMES

Regimental number4421
Place of birthCarisbrook, Tasmania
Other NamesWilliam Amelis
OccupationFarmer
AddressWalpeup, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Henry James, Walpeup via Ouyen, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 October 1914
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Walwa on 23 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Infantry Brigade Headquarters
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Discharge date23 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 2nd Mobile Section, 10 April 1915.

Admitted to Abbassia Detention Barracks Isolation Hospital, 13 September 1915 (gonorrhoea).

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HMAT 'Ceramic', 25 September 1915; disembarked Melbourne, 17 October 1915.

Returned to duty, 3rd Military District, 5 November 1915.

Re-embarked Melbourne on board HMAT 'Malwa', 21 March 1916; disembarked Egypt (date not recorded).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 9 May 1916' disembarked Marseilles, France, 18 May 1916; taken on strength, 23rd Bn, 6 August 1916.

Found guilty, Belgium, 8 September 1916, of being absent without leave from 9 am, 2 September, to 9 am, 7 September 1916: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 6 days' pay.

Mustered as Driver, 12 October 1916; transferred to 6th Brigade Headquarters Transport Section, 1 November 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 October 1917 (scabies), and transferred same day to Casualty Clearing Station; rejoined unit, 22 November 1917.

On leave to England, 30 July 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 16 August 1918.

Found guilty, 19 November 1918, of being absent without leave, 2200, 17 November, to 2100, 18 November 1918: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay; forfeited a total of 2 days' pay.

On leave to Paris, 28 November 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 8 December 1918.

Marched out for return to Australia, 22 February 1919; disembarked Southampton, 23 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Kildonian Castle', 21 March 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 23 July 1919 (medically unfit).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medal stamps marked 'Returned 10/5/23'.
Date of death7 June 1969
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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