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James KELMAN

Regimental number80
Date of birth31 October 1885
Place of birthElgin, Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPolice constable
AddressCorner of Victoria and Ecclebourne Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 10.25"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Kelman, 6 Police Headquarters, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Discharge date15 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 28 April 1915 (gun shot wound, right side); transferred to HT 'Mashoba', 2 May 1915, and admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Cairo, 3 May 1915; transferred to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 15 June 1915. Embarked to rejoin unit at Gallipoli, 4 July 1915; rejoined unit, 10 July 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 6 September 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 15 December 1915 (septic hand); transferred to Convalescent Hospital, Ras el Tin, 31 December 1915; discharged to duty, 10 January 1916.

Transferred to 48th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Promoted temporary Sergeant, 9 March 1916; promotion confirmed same day.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1916 (gun shot wound, back), and admitted to 4th General Hospital, Camiers. Transferred to England, 26 August 1916, and admitted same day to Lakenham Military Hospital, Norwich. Taken on strength, No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 14 September 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Wareham, 12 March 1917 (pleurisy.`Rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 February 1918.

Proceeded to join Officer Cadet Bn, Oxford, England, course, 14 May 1918, course commencing 7 June 1918. Having qualified for commission, appointed 2nd Lieutenant and posted to General Infantry Reinforcements, 18 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919; admitted to ship's hospital, 5 February 1919 (uretheritis); discharged from hospital, 8 February 1919; discharged (appointment terminated), Perth, 15 May 1919 (medically unfit).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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