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James William ANDERSON

Regimental number970
Place of birthLiverpool, England
AddressMetropole Hotel, Ross Island, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinCaptain. James Anderson, Liverpool, England
Previous military serviceServed for 1.5 years in Army Service Corps, Liverpool College, England.
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 June 1915
Discharge date29 September 1915
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915; admitted to Egyptian Government Hospital, Alexandria, 13 May 1915 (shrapnel wound, buttock; and mental deficiency: loss of memory); transferred to Citadel Hospital, Cairo, 23 May 1915.

Medical report, Citadel Hospital, 24 May 1915: 'He is in an acute maniacal state and partially delirious and has to be restrained from injuring himself and others ... The sargeant [sic] (RAMC) who accompanied him to the Citadel, Cairo, states that while in Alexandria he attempted to strangle a native ... He is ... prone to homicide and may attempt suicide.'

Transferred to Government Hospital for the Insane, Abbassia, 25 May 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Kyarra', 9 June 1915 (shell shock; wound, hand); disembarked Melbourne, 10 June 1915; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 29 September 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANDERSON James William

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