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Regimental number55117
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Mrs Scheldt, Clydebank, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8.25"
Weight149.5 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Cousins, 4 Robinson Terrace, Burnfield, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 March 1918
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 March 1918
Place of enlistmentSale, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th General (Victorian) Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Orontes on 5 June 1918
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 10 June 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919
Discharge date19 November 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMT 'Orontes', 5 June 1918.

Admitted to Hospital at sea, 17 June 1918 (venereal disease); discharged from Ship's Hospital, 14 July 1918 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 28 days); disembarked Liverpool, 11 August 1918; marched into 14th Training Bn, Codford, 12 August 1918, and allotted to reinforcements for 60th Bn. Transferred to reinforcements for 8th Bn, 2 October 1918, and marched into 1st Training Battalion, Sutton Veny. Proceeded to France through Southampton, 22 November 1918, and marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre; moved out to join unit, 27 November 1918; joined 11th Bn in field, 5 December 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 10 December 1918, and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station diarrhoea); rejoined unit, 2 January 1919; detached to 1st DADAS, 7 March 1919; rejoined unit from detachment, 14 May 1919; moved out from field, 15 May 1919. Marched into No. 1 Group, 24 May 1919.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 2 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Raranga', 8 September 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 October 1919. Discharged Melbourne, 19 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, COUSINS James

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