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Herbert JAMES

Date of birth2 August 1893
SchoolMoorumbine State School (7th standard), via Pingelly, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone engineer
Address5 Campbell Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 11.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr T James, Pingelly, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed as Lt for 10 months in 88th (Perth) Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant Signalling Officer
Unit name11th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion

Temporary Captain

Unit: 11th Battalion
Promotion date: 11 September 1915


Unit: 11th Battalion
Promotion date: 15 March 1916


Unit: 11th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 February 1915

FateReturned to Australia 3 October 1918

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 44
Date: 6 April 1916

Discharge date27 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Taken on strength, 11th Bn, Gallipoli, 28 April 1915.

Promoted Temporary Captain, 11 September 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 5 October 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 October 1915 (pyrexia); rejoined unit, 8 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Lemnos, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Awarded Military Cross.

Promoted Captain, 20 February 1916.

Transferred to 1st Pioneer Bn, 12 March 1916, and promoted Major, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 2 April 1916.

On leave, 8 May 1916; rejoined Bn from leave, 16 May 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 June 1916 (slight bomb wound above left eye); admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, 22 June 1916; discharged to duty, 24 June 1916; rejoined Bn, 30 June 1916.

On leave, 24 September 1916; rejoined Bn in Belgium from leave, 4 October 1916.

Transferred to 12th Bn, 26 March 1917.

Detached to Senior Officers course, England, 5 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 30 September 1917.

Transferred to 9th Bn, 15 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 20 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 8 March 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 7 September 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 28 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board SS 'Olympic', 3 October 1918; transshipped to SS 'Sonoma' at San Francisco, 22 October 1918; appointment terminated, 27 January 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JAMES Herbert

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