Samuel James (Jim) HOSKISSON

HOSKISSON, Samuel James

Service Number: 9923
Enlisted: 26 October 1915
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 21st Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade
Born: Windsor, New South Wales, Australia, 7 May 1887
Home Town: Windsor, Hawkesbury, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Wounds, France, 31 May 1916, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension
Plot II, Row R, Grave No. 6, Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension, Estaires, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Baulkham Hills William Thompson Masonic School War Memorial, Northbridge (Shore) Sydney Church of England Grammar School Memorial Cricket Ground Roll of Honour, Sydney United Grand Lodge Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 May 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 21st Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade
26 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, 9923, 1st Field Artillery Brigade
17 Dec 1915: Involvement Gunner, 9923, 1st Field Artillery Brigade
17 Dec 1915: Embarked Gunner, 9923, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
31 May 1916: Involvement Gunner, 9923, 21st Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade

Date of Birth

Born 7th May 1887 at Clarendon, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia, 6th son of Samuel & Amelia Catherine (Ezzy)

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Hawkesbury Regional Museum

ANZAC DAY 2022

Hawkesbury Regional Museum will be open all long weekend, including public holiday Monday, 10am-4pm.

A Mother’s Grief

Sometimes the tragedy of war can overwhelm a family. This was the case for Amelia Hoskisson, whose 28-year-old son Samuel James Hoskisson, known as Jim, was farewelled by his family just a week before Christmas in 1915. Jim, a farmer from Windsor, left Australia as artillery reinforcement and was posted to the 21st Australian Field Artillery Brigade as a gunner. Just six months after leaving the Sydney docks, he was dead, having received a shrapnel wound to his face in France in late May 1916.

Amelia Hoskisson never saw this memorial plaque or his medals, which were delivered to the family in 1922. The shock and distress of losing her son overwhelmed her, and she died in 1919.

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