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James Leslie EAKIN

Regimental number3055
Place of birthBanagher, Co. Derry, Ireland
AddressFire Station, George Street, West Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Eakin, Tirglasson, County Derry, Ireland
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 November 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 10 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 17 May 1917 (shell wound, right knee); admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 18 May 1917; to 1st Australian General hospital, Rouen, 31 May 1917; to England, 17 June 1917, and admitted to Bath War Hospital, 18 June 1917; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 11 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS No 1, 25 November 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 10 January 1918 for onward overland travel to Sydney; discharged, 12 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 August 1956
Place of burialEastern Suburbs Memorial Park Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, EAKIN James Leslie

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