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Regimental number1795
Place of birthCowes, Phillip Island, Victoria
SchoolCowes School, Victoria
AddressBealiba, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height6' 0"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Frances J Sheen, Bealiba, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 36), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Susanna Sheen; husband of Frances I Sheen of Bealiba, Victoria. Native of Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: Private Victor George ANDERSON, Regimental No. 787, 21st Battalion, died of disease 18 September 1915 aged 18. Buried in Greece
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, of being absent without leave from 15th Training Bn, 16 May 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 22 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Ferry Post, 25 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported wounded, 19 July 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, head).

Died of wounds, 20 July 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHEEN James

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