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James McCUTCHEON

Regimental number10508
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShip's carpenter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 10"
Weight173 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C McCutcheon, Burnfoot, Londonderry, Ireland
Previous military service7 years, 48th Royal Field Artillery
Enlistment date21 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 October 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/89/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, No 1 Section, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, Cairo, 10 February 1916.

Admitted to Dermatological Hospital, Cairo, 8 March 1916; discharged to duty, 11 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 8 days.

Field General Courts Martial, Tel-el-Kebir, 5 July 1916, charged with (1) being absent without leave from 9.30 pm, 20 June, to 12.15 am, 21 June 1916, (2) drunkenness on active service, 21 June 1916, (3) escaping confinement, 22 June 1916, (4) drunkenness on active service, 22 June 1916, (5) using insubordinate language to his superior officer, after being told to rollup his blankets he said ‘I wont have nothing to do with a cold footed bastard like you’ or words to that effect, 26 June 1916; found guilty of (1), (2), and (3), not guilty of (4) and (5): awarded 90 days’ Imprisonment with hard labour.

Found guilty, 22 July 1916, of (1) escaping confinement, (2) drunkenness, 11 July 1916: awarded 6 months of Imprisonment with hard labour.

Marched into Abbassia Detention Barracks, 25 August 1916.

Sentence suspended, 25 October 1916; released from Military Police Corps Detention Barracks, Alexandria, 28 October 1916; marched into Details Camp, Moascar, 29 October 1916.

Absent from embarkation, Alexandria, 8 November 1916; proceeded overseas to France, 9 November 1916.

Taken on strength of Australian General Base Depot, 27 November 1916.

Taken on strength of No 1 Section, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, 6 December 1916.

Transferred to 21st Field Artillery Brigade, 15 January 1917.

Transferred to 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, 24 January 1917.

Found guilty, 19 February 1917 of being absent without leave in the town of Amiens, 15 January 1917: awarded 5 days’ Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 24 May 1917 of (1) drunkenness on active service, (2) being absent without leave from 7 April, to 9 April 1917: awarded 50 days’ Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 22 August 1917 (gun shot wound, left hand); admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 August 1917; invalided to England, 26 August 1917; admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, England, 27 August 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 12 September 1917; discharged on furlough, 15 September 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 September 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, 11 October 1917; marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 11 October 1917; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 13 November 1917.

Found guilty, 28 October 1917, of being absent without leave from 6.00 pm, 29 September, to 2.00 pm, 6 October 1917: awarded 8 days’ Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 17 days’ pay.

To Group Clearing Station Hospital, 20 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 December 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 19 December 1917; marched out to 1st Division Artillery, 21 December 1917; rejoined unit, 28 December 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 21 January 1918 (pyrexia of uncertain origin); transferred to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 21 January 1918; to 8th Field Ambulance, 31 January 1918; discharged to duty, 6 February 1918; rejoined unit, 7 February 1918.

Sentence suspended remitted, 13 February 1918.

Found guilty, 20 March 1918 of being absent without leave from 8 February, to 9 February 1918: awarded 4 months of Imprisonment with hard labour.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 25 March 1918 (fractured left radius); transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 25 March 1918; discharged to duty, 31 March 1918.

Admitted to 15th Casualty Clearing Station, 18 April 1918 (old fracture); transferred to Ambulance Train No 7, 21 April 1918; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, France, 21 April 1918; invalided to England, 24 April 1918; admitted to Northampton War Hospital, Duston, 25 April 1918; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 11 May 1918; discharged on furlough, 16 May 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 30 May 1918; marched into Administrative Headquarters, 1 June 1918.

To hospital, 3 July 1918 (sick).

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, 11 July 1918; marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, 29 July 1918; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, 19 July 1918.

Found guilty, 1 August 1918 of being absent from parade on 30 July, 31 July and 1 August 1918: forfeited a total of 3 days’ pay.

Marched out to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, 9 August 1918; marched into Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, 9 August 1918.

Found guilty, 19 September 1918 of being absent without leave from 19 August, to 10 September 1918: awarded 28 days’ Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 56 days’ pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 October 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, 6 October 1918; marched out to unit, 10 October 1918.

Transferred to 12th Army Brigade Australian Field Artillery, 19 October 1918; taken on strength, 19 October 1918.

Found guilty, 4 November 1918, of being absent without leave from 1 November, to 3 November 1918: awarded 28 days’ Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 31 days’ pay.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 January 1919 (influenza); rejoined unit, 28 January 1919.

To hospital, 19 February 1919 (accidental fracture of skull); admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 February 1919; transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 February 1919; to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 February 1919; to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 22 February 1919; to Ambulance Train No 36, 22 February 1919; to 14th General Hospital, 24 February 1919; invalided to England, 5 March 1919; admitted to King Georges Hospital, 5 March 1919; discharged on furlough, 17 March 1919, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 March 1919.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Londonderry, Ireland, 29 March 1919; discharged 15 April 1919, to report to Administrative Headquarters, 16 April 1919; marched into No 5 Group, Weymouth, 16 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT ‘Ormonde’, 16 June 1919; disembarked Sydney, 4 August 1919; discharged, 18 September 1919 (medically unfit, invalid).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCUTCHEON James

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