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Regimental number7032
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
AddressEast Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 5.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Ann Baxter, 39 Edward Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 May 1917
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Albany, Western Australia, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 24 July 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Discharge date15 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Ulysses' with Serial No 919, 20 February 1916. Discharged on account of family reasons, 5th Military District, 1 April 1916.

Re-enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force with Serial No 7032, 4 May 1917. Embarked Albany on HMAT 'Port Melbourne', 23 July 1917; disembarked Liverpool, 16 September 1917; marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 17 September 1917; marched into 6th Training Bn, Fovant, 8 November 1917. Proceeded to France through Southampton, 23 January 1918; marched into 4th Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 24 January 1918; moved out from depot, 29 January 1918, and taken on strength of 16th Bn.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 25 July 1918, and transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station (debility); discharged to duty, 15 May 1918; rejoined unit from hospital, 21 August 1918; detached to 4th Australian Divisional Ammunition Dump, 10 September 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 23 September 1918; granted leave, 18 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 4 November 1918; detached to 4th Brigade Canteen, 17 January 1919. Proceeded to the United Kingdom, 9 May 1919; marched into No 4 Group, Hurdcott, 10 May 1919.

Found guilty at Hurdcott, 16 June 1919, of being absent without leave, 5 June, to 13 June 1919: awarded fine of 8 days' pay; forfeited total of 16 days' pay.

Admitted to 2nd Group Clearing Hospital, 17 June 1919 (rheumatism); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny (myalgia).

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Kanowna', 28 August 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 15 October 1919. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Perth, 15 January 1920 (dilated action heart).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 December 1949
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAXTER James

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