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James Minshall CORNWELL

Regimental number4397
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
SchoolBeresford Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
Address53 Hepburn Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 10.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinBrother, T Cornwell, 53 Hepburn Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed in the 3rd Auckland Regiment (Countess of Ranfurly's Own); resigned.; New Zealand Territorials
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 11 February 1916 and posted to 11th Rfcts 17th Bn; taken on strength, 17th Bn, 24 September 1916.
FateKilled in Action 8 November 1916
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialA.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane (Plot IX, Row D, Grave No. 1), Flers, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Hannah CORNWELL. Native of Drury, Auckland, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 28 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 7 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 September 1916; joined 17th Bn, Belgium, 24 September 1916.

Killed in action, France, 8 November 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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