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James William OLDHAM

Regimental number6958
Date of birth2 July 1898
Place of birthN/A New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPoultry farm hand
AddressNorth Ryde, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 3.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Frederick Mansfield Mills, Cox's Road, North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 May 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 16 July 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularRaised as a Ward of the State, New South Wales.
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date25 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 July 1917; disembarked Liverpool, England, 16 September 1917, and marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone.

Admitted to Fovant Hospital, 16 October 1917; rejoined 5th Training Bn from hospital, 29 October 1917.

Admitted to Hurdcott Hospital, 23 January 1918; discharged to Training Depot, 26 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 February 1918; taken on strength, 35th Bn, in the field, 12 February 1918.

Reported missing in action, Dernacourt, 5 April 1918; subsequently reported prisoner of war (wounded) in Germany.

Repatriated from Holland; arrived in England, 31 August 1918; admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, 1 September 1918 (mental); transferred to Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington, 9 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karoa', 28 March 1919 mental mania); disembarked Sydney, 10 May 1919; discharged, Sydney, 25 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as North Clyde.
Date of death22 July 1977

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