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James WATT

Regimental number3288
Place of birthBalmain, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address90 Curtiss Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 10.25"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Watt, 90 Curtiss Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3.5 years in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date14 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 20 July 1916
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave 6), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
163
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 56th Bn from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 56th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged and rejoined 56th Bn, 11 March 1916 (influenza).

Admitted to No 13 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 27 March 1916, as was unfit for march; sent to 5th Divisional Details, date not stated; rejoined 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 8 April 1916.

Found guilty, 25 May 1916, of (1) disobeying an order of a NCO, (2) using obscene language to a NCO: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916; admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, 20 July 1916.

Died of wounds, No 14 Field Ambulance, 20 July 1916.

Buried at Sailly-sur-la-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W.M. Holliday, 20 July 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATT James

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