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James George MELVILLE

Regimental number139
Date of birth5 March 1896
Place of birthBeltana, South Australia
SchoolHawker Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressHawker, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19.4
Height5' 6.25"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Essie Melville, Hawker, South Australia
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 Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date27 June 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Wounded in action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 24 October 1917; invalided to Weymouth, Dartford and Colchester Hospitals, England.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marathon', 13 June 1918; discharged (medically unfit: deafness), Adelaide, 27 June 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 November 1975
Place of burialCommemorated in South Australian Garden of Remembrance, Centennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia.
SourcesNAA: B2455, MELVILLE James George

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