James Roger FARRELL

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FARRELL, James Roger

Service Number: 8422
Enlisted: 5 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 4th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Bungeworgorai, Queensland, 30 August 1884
Home Town: Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Toowoomba State School
Occupation: Groom/Chauffeur
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 21 October 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery
Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 13
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8422, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Adelaide, South Australia
24 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8422, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8422, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Botanist, Melbourne
12 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 2nd Division Artillery
17 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8422, 2nd Division Artillery, Aboard HT Crisp. From Alexandria to Marseilles (17/3/16-24/3/16). They disembarked and proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force at Marseilles.
23 Apr 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8422, 2nd Division Artillery, He torn ligaments in his ankle at France
22 Jul 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 22nd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade
5 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8422, 22nd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, He embarked for England on the Hospital Ship Asturias from Havre, France to England (5/11/16).
3 Dec 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8422, 22nd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, Sick with pleurisy and was taken to a field ambulance, admitted and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station then again admitted and transferred to ambulance train at Rouen
13 Jul 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 4th Field Artillery Brigade
22 Sep 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 11th Light Trench Mortar Battery
21 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Third Ypres

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Biography

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Biography contributed by Glenunga International High School

World war I started on the 28th of July 1914 and ended on the 11th of  November 1918. It was the greatest and biggest war of that time and only a decade after Australia had federated. James Roger Farrell was a soldier in WW1 from Queensland. The ultimate loss was 22,477,500 KIA, WIA or MIA in Allied Powers, and 16,403,000 KIA, WIA or MIA in Central powers. The great war had many losses and ended with a victory for the Allies.

He was born on the 30th of August 1884 near Town of Roma, in Bungeworgorai, Queensland. He was the son of Matthew and Elizabeth Farrell. He attended Toowoomba School in his school years and was after his occupation after school was a groom. John has two brothers and all three enlist in the war, in different units. 57 other soldiers enlisted from the same town.

James enlisted on the 5th of October in 1915, which was the second year of the war, enlisting in a town near Roma in Queensland. He embarked on the 24th of November 1915 part of the 6th Field Artillery Brigade, from Melbourne. He was on the His Majesty's Australian Transports Botanist A59 . He disembarked at Suez on 12/12/15 and proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli). He was then transferred from the 6th Field Artillery Brigade to the 2nd Division Artillery to Ismailia on 12/3/16.

James then embarked on another overseas trip aboard Hired/Horsed Transport Crisp. From Alexandria to Marseilles (17/3/16-24/3/16). They disembarked and proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force at Marseilles. He tore ligaments in his ankle at France (23/4/16), and was admitted to the 7th Field Ambulance. After this he was then transferred to No.8 Casualty Clearing station (23/4/16), he later sprained his ankle and was admitted to 26 General Hospital (25/4/16). From there he was discharged to Base Depot in Etaples (18/5/16)

A few months later was transferred from the 2nd Division Artillery to 22nd Field Artillery Brigade at France (22/7/16). He became sick with pleurisy and was taken to a field ambulance, admitted and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station (3/11/16), then again admitted and transferred to ambulance train at Rouen (4/11/16).

He embarked for England on the Hospital Ship Asturias from Havre, France to England (5/11/16). After arriving at London he was admitted to 3 General Hospital (9/11/16), then he was transferred to 3  Auxiliary Hospital (20/11/16). After his long hospital trip he was discharged and marched in to Dartford (1/12/16-2/12/16). Marched out to Larkhill (6/2/17), then marched in from Wareham (8/2/17).

He was taken on strength from the 22nd Field Artillery Brigade to the 2nd Division Ammunition/Artillery Column. He was injured at and sent to the field ambulance at France (10/11/17). He was taken on strength and transferred from the 2nd Division Ammunition/Artillery Column to the 4th Field Artillery Brigade (13/7/17).

He was involved in many battles across France, and England. Then he was taken on strength from 4th Field Artillery Brigade back to the 11th Battery 2nd Division Ammunition/Artillery Column. He became sick in Rouelles (22/9/17) and joined the Parkhouse Hill Hospital. He was killed in action at Belgium (19/10/17).
He had been to Suez, Ismailia, Alexandria, Marseilles France, Etaples, England, Rouen, Havre, Larkhill, Parkhouse, Folkestone, Rouelles, and Belgium. He was killed and  buried at Belgium Battery Corner Cemetery in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. One out of 568 casualties buried there. His brothers were later also killed in action. He died on the 21st of October 1917, aged 33.

 

Bibliography
Australian War Memorial,Gallipoli, www.awm.gov.au/gallipoli, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1783747, 25 September 2017

WWI New South Wales State Library, WWI Timeline, https://s.sl.nsw.gov.au/explore/timeline, 25 September 2017

National Archives of Australia, NAA:B2455; FARRELL J R,https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3548837, 25 September 2017

Commonwealth Graves Commission Archives, Casualty,https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/92767/farrell,-james-rogers/25 September 2017

 

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