|Place of birth||Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Concord, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Mary Wren, Wilbank Street, Concord, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||1st Pioneer Battalion, 9th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||14/13/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney on 'Anchises', 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, 27 March 1917, and marched into Pioneers Training Bn.
Found guilty, 4 June 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 23 April, to 1.00 pm, 17 May 1917: awarded 24 days' detention; forfeited total of 65 days' pay.
Admitted to King George Hospital, 17 May 1917; discharged to Pioneers Training Bn, 25 May 1917; temporarily attached to 7th Training Squadron, 7 June 1917, and moved out to Chelmsford detention barracks. Transferred to 17th Bn and taken on strength, 11 July 1917. Proceeded to France from Southampton, 9 October 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 10 October 1917; moved out to unit, 13 October 1917; taken on strength of 17th Bn, 14 October 1917.
Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, Belgium, 14 January 1918, and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 55th General Hospital, 14 January 1918 (sciatica). Embarked Boulogne on HS 'St. David' and proceeded to England, 20 January 1918; admitted to General Military Hospital, Edmonton, 21 January 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 12 February 1918; discharged on furlough, 11 March 1918. Admitted to Military Hospital, Belfast, 19 March 1918 (sciatica); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 19 June 1918; discharged on furlough, 27 June 1918.
Found guilty, 23 July 1918, of being absent without leave, 11.00 am, 3 July, to 10.00 am, 23 July 1918: awarded 21 days' detention; forfeited total of 41 days' pay. Admitted to Lewes Detention Barracks to serve time, 25 July 1918; released to Longbridge Overseas Training Bn, Deverill, 12 August 1918.
Proceeded to France from Folkestone, 15 August 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 17 August 1918; marched out, 18 August 1918; rejoined unit in field, 20 August 1918.
Admitted to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 August 1918 (put under observation); transferred to Ambulance Train, 31 August 1918; to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 1 September 1918 (not yet determined); to Convalescent Depot, 4 September 1918; discharged to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 14 September 1918; marched out, 23 September 1918, and rejoined unit in field. Admitted to 58th Casualty Clearing Station, 3 October 1918 (sciatica); transferred to 8th Ambulance Train, 4 October 1918, and admitted to 72nd General Hospital. Proceeded to England on HS 'Kinsfaucastle', 21 October 1918; admitted to Bath War Hospital, 22 October 1918; discharged on furlough, 26 November 1918.
Found guilty, 11 December 1918, of being absent without leave, 10.00 am, 10 December, to 11.00 am, 12 December 1918: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay, forfeited total of 2 days' pay; granted leave from Post Office Command, 13 March 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 19 March 1919; leave extended, 27 March 1919, to attend Belfast boiler-maker's course; marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 11 July 1919.
Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Suevic', 23 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 10 September 1919. Discharged Sydney, 30 November 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, WREN James|