Henry James AIR

Badge Number: S28262, Sub Branch: St Morris

AIR, Henry James

Service Numbers: 557, Officer, Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 5 September 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Penola, South Australia, Australia, 5 July 1889
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Telegraph Lineman
Died: 7 September 1965, aged 76 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
RSL,Wall 136, Niche, GO12
Memorials: Penola District WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

5 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 557, 12th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 557, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 557, 12th Infantry Battalion,

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25 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 557, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Mar 1916: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 557, 12th Infantry Battalion
26 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 557, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
23 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 557, 12th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
10 Nov 1916: Transferred Royal Flying Corps, Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps
7 Sep 1917: Involvement Sergeant, SN 557, 52nd Infantry Battalion
16 Sep 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
10 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
25 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 52nd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
16 May 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 50th Infantry Battalion, WIth manpower shortages not being replaced through volunteer reinforcement, the AIF disbanded one Battalion in each Brigade, with the men being distributed among the remaining three Battalions.
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, SN 557, 50th Infantry Battalion
23 Feb 1919: Discharged
Date unknown: Wounded SN 557

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

2nd Lieutenant Henry James Air RFC was one who did not stay long in the RFC, transferring back to the AIF in July 1917. He had been discharged from the AIF on 16 March 1917 to join the RFC. He resigned his commission on 17 July 1917 and transferred back to the AIF.

Air was an original member of E Company of the 12th Battalion and served at the Landing on Gallipoli, and almost served right through the campaign finally being evacuated to Malta with jaundice in December 1915. He went through Pozieres and Mouquet Farm unscathed and was promoted sergeant in France during August 1916. He went to the RFC in November 1916 and but only a few months after his discharge and commissioning he reenlisted in the AIF and was granted his old rank of sergeant back in the 12th Battalion before being transferred to the 52nd Battalion in September 1917. He was promoted to Lieutenant again in January and was granted the special Anzac Leave in October 1918 and returned to Australia.