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James Hugh ROSS

Regimental number1216
Place of birthStirling, Scotland
SchoolBallahouston Academy, Glasgow, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia20
Address48 McLachlan Street, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Alex Ross, 48 McLachlan Street, Northcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name29th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Alice ROSS, 99 Arthurton Road, Northcote, Victoria. Native of Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1915; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars afforded except the soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE 19.7.16.' on the authority of Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, from War Office.

A handwritten note on the bottom of the B.103 notes, 'buried in Fromelles sheet 36 N 22 B & D'.

Red Cross File No 2360509 has statement from 1057 Pte E.J. AMY, D Company, 29th Bn, 21 December 1918: 'On morning of 20th July 1916 at Fleurbaix in our attack we were cut off, he was wounded by bullet, hit in abdomen. We were lying out on the field until the following morning. I left them and tried to get back. We had bandaged him up, when I left he was unconscious, but in a bad way, he did not leave any message.'

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

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROSS James Hugh
Red Cross file 2360509

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