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Regimental number186
Place of birthWoodbridge, Suffolk, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPayneham, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 6.5"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Frances Emma Palmer, Payneham, South Australia
Previous military service1st Suffolk Infantry (12 years), including 15 months service with 1st Service Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, in the South African War
Enlistment date31 October 1914
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps (Nov 1914)
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/112/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Eastern on 28 December 1914
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Discharge date15 August 1917
Other details

War service: Rabaul.

Promoted Corporal, Rabaul, 22 February 1915.

To draw extra duty pay of 2/- per whilst employed at the bakery, 5 July 1915.

Proceeded to Australia on furlough, 6 December 1915; return to Rabaul, 14 March 1916.

Found guilty, 23 May 1916, of whilst on active service, (1) conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline; (2) being drunk: fined two pound.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marsina', 1 January 1917.

Admitted to No 7 Australian General Hospital, 27 January 1917 (pulmonary tuberculosis); transferred to No 17 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 31 January 1917.

Discharged Adelaide (medically unfit), 15 August 1917.

Total war service: 2 years 289 days (of which 1 year 354 days was abroad).

Medal: British War Medal.
Date of death24 April 1923
Age at death48
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Path 5, Grave 4 East), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, PALMER James

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