|Place of birth||Bilston, England|
|School||Boarding School Education, England|
|Other training||Served with the British Army in England and India|
|Age on arrival in Australia||29|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||36 Botany Road, Waterloo, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||39|
|Next of kin||Father, Mr. J. Edmunds, 25 Cross Street, Smethwick, Birmingham, England|
|Previous military service||Royal Artillery (8 years 6 months)|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||4th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/21/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||4th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Pozieres, Somme Sector, France|
|Age at death||38|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
War service: Western Front
Admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 11 February 1916 (dental); discharged, 7 March 1916; marched into Garrison Camp, Zeitoun, 9 March 1916.
Taken on strength of 1st Bn, Serapeum, 17 March 1916.
Admitted to No 1 Field Ambulance, 19 March 1916 (venereal disease); transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, 20 March 1916; to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, 22 March 1916; to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 23 March 1916; discharged, 28 March 1916, and marched into Overseas Base, Ghezireh, the same day; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 9 days.
Marched into 1st Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 29 April 1916.
Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital, 29 April 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged, 3 May 1916.
Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 13 May 1916, of being in Bagazig without a pass: awarded 96 hours' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeits 2 days' pay.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 May 1916.
Transferred to 4th Bn, 25 May 1916.
Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, France, 30 May 1916 (conjunctivitis).
Found guilty, 24 June 1916, of (1) drunkenness; (2) being out of hospital without a pass; awarded 48 hours' Field Punishment No 2.
Discharged from No 2 Australia General Hospital to Baggage Guard, 25 June 1916.
Found guilty, Anzac Base Details, Marseilles, 26 June 1916, of being absent from Defaulters' Call at 1315 hours, 24 June 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 1.
Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, 26 June 1916 (dental); discharged, 13 July 1916, and marched into Anzac Base Details, Marseilles, the same day.
Taken on strength of 4th Bn, 22 July 1916.
Now, 25 November 1917, records and enquiries fail to show that this man ever joined 4th Bn; reported, date unknown, as 'absentee, considered possible to have been killed in action'; letter to ADMINAUST, 18 August 1918, asking 3rd Echelon to investigate by querying (1) this soldiers relatives in Australia; (2) Australian Kit Store, London; (3) 3735 Pte G.W. Dickinson, 1720 Pte L. Leahy, 488 Pte S.C. Crummer.
Court of Enquiry, Acoz, Belgium, 27 February 1919, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, Pozieres, during the night of 21 July 1916'.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, EDMUNDS James|