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Regimental number292
Place of birthBuncrana, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Docherty, Bunerina, Cashneeur, Ireland
Enlistment date17 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentArtificer PO
Unit name1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AWM Embarkation Roll numberMIS34.12.1.RANBT1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 July 1918
Discharge date22 November 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 5 June 1915; disembarked Lemnos, 21 July 1915; marched in to Alexandria, Egypt, 20 January 1916; taken on strength of 2nd Pioneer Bn, Moascar, 14 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916; promoted to Temporary Corporal in the field, 12 February 1917; with unit, 24 September 1917; to Veterinary School, Calais, 1 October 1917; rejoined unit from school, 12 October 1917; on leave to England, 21 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 2 February 1918; reverted to Private and marched out to England, 6 June 1918; disembarked Folkestone, England, 9 June 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Malta', 31 July 1918; disembarked Perth, 21 August 1918; discharged, 22 November 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOCHERTY James

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