Alfred Edward JAMES

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JAMES, Alfred Edward

Service Numbers: 759/1759, 1759, 759
Enlisted: 8 November 1916, 3 years experience in militia.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia, June 1895
Home Town: Scottsdale, Dorset, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 26 July 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Memorials: Scottsdale Municipality Pictorial HR
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World War 1 Service

8 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 759/1759, 4th Machine Gun Company, 3 years experience in militia.
21 Nov 1917: Involvement Private, SN 1759, 4th Machine Gun Company
21 Nov 1917: Embarked Private, SN 1759, 4th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
24 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 12th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 759, 12th Infantry Battalion

Letter from Brother Re Captured by Germans

North-Eastern Advertiser (Scottsdale, Tas. : 1909 - 1954), Tuesday 29 October 1918, page 2
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Pte Alf. James
WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING BELIEVED TO BE PRISONER OF WAR
As stated in our last issue, Pte Alf James, son of Mrs James, Scottsdale, has been reported missing. His brother Sam, who is on active service, writes to his mother under date Aug. 30th, 1918 : — Just a line to let you know I have received word from Alfie's officer in France telling me exactly as far as they know what has happened to him. He went out with a patrol party, and they came on a strong post of Germans whom they all killed or captured. Whilst they were doing this, another party of Germans came between them and their own trenches, and they had to fight like hell to get back. They got through, but Alfie was missing. He was known to be wounded, but they did not think very badly. When the party returned to the 12th trenches, they immediately sent out another party to find and bring Alf in, but he could not be found and they had to give up the search, as a large party of Germans were coming towards them. Alfie is not dead— if he was his body would have been found. I am almost certain from the facts that I can gather that he is a prisoner of war, and in hospital in Germany. I have written to the Cor poral who was in charge of the party asking him to tell me everything about him. Will write you as soon as I hear from him. Both Em, and I are of the same mind, that he will turn up quite alright. Cheer up, mum, I will soon be with you; will not be long after this letter, I am improving wonderfully, getting quite fat.

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