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James White

Regimental number2202
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMetropolitan Cafe, Hunter Street, West Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 9"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, James White, 25 Frankfield View, Cork, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 March 1916
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Pioneer Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A46 Clan MacGillivray on 3 May 1916
Discharge date20 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked, Sydney, 3 May 1916; disembarked, Egypt, 13 June 1916; taken on strength of 1st Divisional Depot, Tel-el-Kebir, 5 July 1916; embarked for overseas, Alexandria, 29 July 1916; taken on strength of Pioneer Training Bn, England, 11 August 1916.

Found guilty, Perham Downs Command Depot, 18 September 1916, of (1) overstaying leave from midnight, 31 August 1916, until 15 September 1916: awarded 15 days' detention: forfeited 30 days' pay.

Marched into Perham Downs Command Depot, 21 February 1917; marched out to Larkhill, 24 February 1917.

District General Court Martial, held at Larkhill, 19 March 1917, charge: absent without leave in that he at Perham Downs absented himself without leave from 19 October 1916, until apprehended at Twickenham by the Military Police on 17 February 1917: awarded 7 months' detention; total forfeiture of 355 days' pay.

Remaining portion of sentence (74 days) is remitted as from 16 July 1917; proceeded overseas to France under escort via Southampton, 16 July 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 17 July 1917; proceeded to join unit, 29 July 1917; taken on strength of 1st Pioneer Bn, in the field, 1 August 1917.

Reported an illegal absentee, 5 November 1917; rejoined unit, 16 February 1918.

Field General Court Martial, held in the Field, 25 February 1918, charge: absenting himself without leave from 4:30 am, 13 October 1917, from camp area until apprehended by Military Police at Pont-a-Chilles at 7:30 pm, 11 February 1918, a period of 121 days 15 hours: awarded 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour.

Admitted to 5th Military Prison to undergo sentence of 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour, 31 March 1918; release to return to unit at the Front, remaining portion of sentence remitted as from 18 July 1918; rejoined unit, 28 July 1918.

Detached to 1st Divisional Train, 19 January 1919; rejoined Bn from detachment, 8 February 1919; proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 15 February 1919; rejoined Bn, 5 March 1919; marched out for return to Australia, 10 April 1919; marched out to England, 17 April 1919; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 18 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Darwin', 12 June 1919; disembarked, Melbourne, 27 July 1919; discharged, Sydney, 20 August 1919.

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

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