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Regimental number3262
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressRegent Street, Parkside, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6.75"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss M R Ferris, Regent Street, Parkside, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 26 September 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 48th Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1916 (shell shock); admitted to 1st Australian Division Rest Station, 7 August 1916; discharged to duty, 7 August 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 September 1916 (appendicitis); transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 September 1916; to Ambulance Train No 28, 28 September 1916, and admitted to 35th General Hospital, Calais; transferred to England, 1 October 1916, and admitted to Colchester Military Hospital (appendicitis appendectomy); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 2 November 1916; discharged on furlough, 8 November 1916, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 23 November 1916.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 23 November 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 5 January 1917; discharged, 2 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 57 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 April 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 3 May 1917.

Wounded in action, 8 June 1917 (gun shot wound, head), and admitted to 77th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 10 June 1917; to England, 20 June 1917, and admitted to Temporary Hospital, Exeter, 22 June 1917 (wound: severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 30 July 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 22 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 26 September 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 21 November 1917, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 6 December 1917.

War service: 2 years 134 days (of which 2 years 26 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as FERRIES.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERRIS James

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