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James Pattison BALFOUR

Regimental number533
Place of birthRegina, Saskatchewan, Canada
SchoolPublic School, Canada
Age on arrival in Australia29
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFireman
Address12 Oxford Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 11"
Weight188 lbs
Next of kinMrs Balfour, 61 Birrell Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the China War (contracted syphilis, Japan, 1900) and Boer War; five years in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve.
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 29 January 1916
Age at death45
Place of burialWaverley Cemetery (Spec. 6755.), Sydney, New South Wales
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary Ann Balfour. Native Place, Regina, Canada
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed Lance Corporal, Gallipoli, 29 April 1915.

Reverted to Private at own request, 28 July 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Field Ambulance, Mudros, 16 September 1916 (debility), and transferred same day to No 2 Australian General Hospital; to Military Hospital, Tigne, Malta, 28 September 1915.

Found guilty, 28 October 1915, of (1) absent from the Military Hospital from 6 pm until ordered to return by Military Police on the Molo Marina Sliema, 6.15 pm; (2) not complying with an order; (3) using obscene language to the Military Police; (4) violently resisting the Military Police: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 15 November 1915, of (1) being drunk in Strada Marina Via Misada Sliema, about 10.15 pm, 12 November; (2) being absent from 6 pm and being in illegal possession of and wearing khaki uniform clothing, whilst a patient in hospital: awarded 168 hours' detention.

Disembarked Alexandria, 12 December 1915.

Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, 22 December 1915 (asthma).

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Suffolk', 29 January 1916 (for discharge: bronchial asthma; tertiary syphilitic manifestations).

Died of thoracic aneurism and heart failure, No 4 General Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales, 31 May 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 May 1916
SourcesNAA: B2455, BALFOUR James Pattison

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