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James WHELAN

Regimental number1109
Place of birthWasleys, South Australia
SchoolSisters Saint Joseph (Catholic) School, Gawler, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPlatelayer
AddressRailway Station, Gawler, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Patrick Whelan, Railway Station, Gawler, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 8 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death30
Place of burialPuchevillers British Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave 16), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
115
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Catherine WHELAN.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5296 Pte D. WHELAN, 2nd Field Ambulance, Whelan, No. 1999, 27th Australian Infantry Battalion, M.S.`~
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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