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James Thomas McILLWRAITH

Regimental number3136
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address624 Brunswick Street, New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss C Taylor, 12 Molynoux Road, Liverpool, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Navy for 7 years; in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve New Guinea Expedition for 9 months.
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll"nonr"
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 5 October 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Discharge date9 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 47th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916; transferred to 15th Bn, 19 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 8 June 1916. Found guilty, Bailleul, 11 June 1916, of using obscene language in the presence of a superior Officer: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Transferred to 4th Machine Gun Company, 3 October 1916.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 April 1917 (gastritis); transferred to 5th Division Rest Station, 12 April 1917; to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens, 14 April 1917.

Admitted to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 5 May 1917 (gas); discharged to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 15 May 1917; discharged to duty, 13 June 1917; rejoined unit, 14 June 1917.

On leave to England, 3 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 19 September 1917.

Unit designation changed to 4th Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 29 June 1918; Temporary Corporal, 4 July 1918; Corporal, 29 August 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 7 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 25 September 1918. Marched out to England for return to Australia, 15 January 1919. Found guilty, 3 April 1919, of being absent without leave from 2359, 25 March, until reporting to Camp at Codford, 1400, 3 April 1919: severely reprimanded; forfeited 9 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Warwickshire', 5 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 28 May 1919; discharged, 9 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star (issued by Navy), British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McILLWRAITH James Thomas

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