James Henderson (Snow) AMERY

AMERY, James Henderson

Service Numbers: V22560, 41567
Enlisted: 2 August 1940
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Aircraft / Repair / Salvage Depots
Born: Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia, 7 September 1922
Home Town: Boweya North, Moira, Victoria
Schooling: Boweya Primary, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Grazer
Died: Anglesea, Victoria, Australia, 11 June 2015, aged 92 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Bellbrae Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
Cremated and rests with wife - Valerie Joyce Amery (Short) and eldest son - Rex Henderson Amery
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World War 2 Service

2 Aug 1940: Enlisted V22560
7 Jul 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 41567, Aircraft / Repair / Salvage Depots
7 Mar 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 41567, Aircraft / Repair / Salvage Depots
Date unknown: Discharged V22560

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Biography contributed by Clive Amery

Jim never talked about the war much. The main contributions from him were that he "fought for George" and (jokingly) "in the big one" (after he heard it referred to as such in later years).

Another favourite of his was from a comedy show....

" .... and now a word from the RSL.

RSL: "War"

Interviewer: "Why War?"

RSL: "Why Not."

I can still hear him chuckling.

When he first enlisted, he brought his horse from his home (Acton Farm, Boweya, Victoria) as he joined the light horse. He talked about being stationed at the showgrounds (and I think the MCG), and the "tent pegging" training.

He decided that horses were "no match against tanks" and so transferred to the air force as an aircraft mechanic. I beleive he spent most of his time stationed at Goodenough Island.

After the war he was alloted a soldier settlement (850 acres) in Bookar (near Camperdown in Victoria) where he primarily ran sheep. A commemorative urn for the settlers stands at the start of Kilnorat Road.

He retired to Anlgelsea, a favourite holdiay spot for the family, in the late 1970's, where he continued to play golf and later lawn bowls.