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Henry James AIR

Regimental number557
Date of birth6 June 1890
Place of birthPenola, South Australia
OccupationTelegraph lineman
Address18 Ross Street, Coburg, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs B. Short, 18 Ross Street, Coburg, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 September 1914
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF50
Promotion date: 10 October 1917


Unit: INF50
Promotion date: 25 January 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Discharge date23 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Admitted to No 3 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 November 1915 (jaundice); transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, 24 November 1915; to Hospital, Ship, 25 November 1915; to Mansel Hospital, Malta, 3 December 1915; to All Saints' Hospital, Malta, 6 January 1916; discharged and embarked for Egypt, 13 February 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 18 February 1916, marched into Overseas Base, Ghezirch, 19 February 1916.

Rejoined 12th Bn, Serapeum, 18 March 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 20 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 26 July 1916.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 23 August 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 23 August 1916.

On command with Royal Flying Corps with the view of commission in Royal Flying Corps, 4 November 1916.

Proceeded to England from France, 10 November 1916, for furlough, and to report to Flying School, Denham.

Marched into, and taken on strength of Exeter College, 26 January 1917.

Commission into Royal Flying Corps, 10 April 1917.

Re-enlisted in Australian Imperial Force, 26 July 1917, and granted substantive rank of Sergeant.

Marched out to Overseas Training Bde, 15 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 August 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 21 August 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 30 August 1917; taken on strength of 52nd Bn, 7 September 1917.

Promoted Second Lieutenant, 10 October 1917.

Detached to 2nd Army School of Instruction, 10 November 1917; rejoined unit, 17 December 1917, and congratulated by Divisional Commander for having obtained very satisfactory report at 2nd Army Central School.

On leave to United Kingdom, 15 January 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 25 January 1918.

Rejoined unit from leave, 2 February 1918.

Detached to 4th Division Signal School, 24 February 1918; rejoined unit, 27 February 1918.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 50th Bn, 16 May 1918.

On leave to Paris, 28 July 1918; rejoined unit, 8 August 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 17 August 1918; rejoined unit, 11 September 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 12 October 1918; marched into Parkhouse, 13 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 23 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 25 December 1918; appointment terminated Adelaide (discharged), 23 February 1919.

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

Date of birth in Army List given as September 1890.
Date of death7 September 1965
Age at death75
SourcesNAA: B2455, AIR Henry James

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