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James ADAIR

Regimental number4726
Place of birthNorth Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSaw sharpener
AddressClarke Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, J. Adair, c/o J.J. Sniesby, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Discharge date27 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 7 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 10 May 1916.

Allotted to 15th Training Bn as a reinforcement to 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 19 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 13 October 1916; taken on strength of 15th Machine Gun Company, 14 October 1916.

Found guilty, 2 April 1917, of being absent from morning parade, until 0630 hours: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Attached to 5th Army Rest Camp, 27 May 1917; rejoined unit, 12 June 1917.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Guard, Achwuz, 24 June 1917; rejoined unit, 13 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 23 September 1917; admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 September 1917, and transferred to No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station the same day; to No 32 Ambulance Train, no date stated; to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 25 September 1917 (gunshot wound, left hand, and bruised hip); to England, 9 October 1917; to No 1 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 11 October 1917; discharged to furlough, 2 November 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 16 November 1917 (Class B1A2).

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 21 December 1917.

Marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 18 January 1918.

Found guilty, 20 March 1918, of (1) neglecting to obey an order of a NCO; (2) giving a false name and number: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Denison', 25 March 1919; disembarked, 10 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 27 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 September 1964
Age at death73
Place of burialBeechworth Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAIR James

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