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James Barkla ROACH

Regimental number5851
Date of birth25 March 1896
Place of birthMoonta, South Australia
AddressMoonta, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 8"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Roach, Moonta, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets; 2 years in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date6 April 1916
Place of enlistmentKadin
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 27 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date14 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5850 Pte Douglas Peter ROACH, 43rd Bn, died of wounds, 5 July 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Wounded in action, remained at duty, 4 July 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), remained at duty, 22 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 20 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 14 August 1919.

Medals: Military Meda, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: Service No S85049.
Date of death8 February 1970
Age at death75
Place of burialHappy Valley Cemetery, Port Lincoln, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROACH James Barkla

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