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James Joseph STAPLETON

Regimental number478
Place of birthMullumbimby, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressMullumbimby, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 3"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, Michael Stapleton, Mullumbimby, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 November 1915
Place of enlistmentLismore, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Division Medium Trench Mortar Battery
FateKilled in Action 1 September 1918
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 60), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
20
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2657 Pte Daniel Patrick STAPLETON, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 17 March 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 5 June 1916; disembarked Southampton, England, 23 July 1916.

Found guilty, 1 August 1916, of drunkenness: fined 7/6.

Transferred to 3rd Trench Mortar Battery, 17 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.

Wounded in action, 24 January 1917 (1st and 2nd fingers, right hand), and admitted to 10th Field Ambulance; transferred to 11th Field Ambulance, 29 January 1917; to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 February 1917 (septic right finger); to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 11 February 1917; to England, 13 February 1917, and admitted same day to Ontario Military Hospital; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, and discharged on furlough, 26 February 1917, to report to Training Depot, Perham Downs, 13 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917.

Found guilty, Base Depot, Etaples, 10 April 1917, of being absent without leave from 6.15 am Parade on 10 April: forfeited 4 days' pay, and awarded 10 days' confined to barracks.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 25 April 1917.

Appointed Temporary Bombardier, 23 May 1917; Bombardier, 10 June 1917; Temporary Corporal, 10 June 1917; Corporal, 10 June 1917.

On leave, 13 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 21 January 1918.

Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 8 February 1918; transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 3 March 1918; discharged to Base, 20 March 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 19 days.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 25 August 1918.

Killed in action, 1 September 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STAPLETON James Joseph

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