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James Grinsell BLAKEMORE

Regimental number1983
Place of birthMerewether, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCoppersmith
AddressJames Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Blakemore, James Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 August 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 July 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date12 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 7 May 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 7 May 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to unit, 9 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (shell shock); admitted to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 21 July 1916; transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 27 July 1916; to Base Details, 1 August 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 12 August 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 16 February 1917 (gun shot wound, right shoulder); admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 March 1917; transferred to England, 16 May 1917, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 17 May 1917 (gun shot wound and nephritis: severe); transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 30 June 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kanowna', 16 July 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 12 March 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Gainsell.
Date of death13 December 1951
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLAKEMORE James Grinsell

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