|Place of birth||Newtownards, Co Down, Ireland|
|Age at embarkation||20|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs A H McConnell, 4 Pottinger Street, Belfast, Ireland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||7th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/24/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||7th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Disembarked, Suez, Egypt, 12 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 28 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 June 1916.
Marched into 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 7 June 1916; marched out unit, 12 September 1916; taken on strength, 7th Bn, Belgium, 13 September 1916.
Mentioned in despatches, 2 October 1916, for participation in a very successful raid on the enemy trenches on 30 September 1916.
To hospital, Etaples, 24 February 1917 (sick); admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 17 March 1917 (mumps); rejoined unit, 5 April 1917.
To hospital, 20 April 1917 (sick); admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 21 April 1917 (ST right ankle, accidental); discharged to duty, 8 May 1917; admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 11 May 1917; transferred to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 14 May 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Hospital, Rouen, 25 May 1917; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 25 May 1917; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, 31 May 1917; discharged to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 16 June 1917.
Proceeded to England as surplus for permanent base duties, 21 September 1917; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 21 September 1917; marched out to Headquarters, Australian Imperial Force Depots in the United Kingdom, Tidworth, 5 November 1917; attached for duty with Depots in UK, 5 November 1917; detached from duty and marched out to No 2 Command Depot, 15 August 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 August 1918.
Found guilty, 31 October 1918, of being absent without leave from 11.59 pm, 29 October, to 12.45 am, 31 October 1918: awarded 2 days Confined to Barracks, and forfeited a total of 2 days pay.
Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT Somerset, 4 December 1918; disembarked, 15 January 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 27 February 1919.
Medals: British War Medal, Victory MedalMedal stamps marked returned, 10 May 1928.
|Sources||NAA: B2455, McCONNELL James|