James Ambrose GROVES

GROVES, James Ambrose

Service Numbers: 2870, 2870A
Enlisted: 11 August 1915, Holsworthy, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Field Ambulance
Born: Parramatta, New South Wales, 1893
Home Town: Lidcombe, Auburn, New South Wales
Schooling: Parramatta Marist Brothers
Occupation: Locomotive engine cleaner
Died: Suicide, Hornsby, New South Wales, 10 June 1938
Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium
Formerly Northern Suburbs Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, Holsworthy, New South Wales
2 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 20th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
13 Feb 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 56th Infantry Battalion
18 Apr 1918: Wounded Private, SN 2870, 56th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux, Gassed (severe)
18 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870A, 14th Field Ambulance

James Ambrose Groves

James Ambrose (Jim), born 1/12/1892 at Rydalmere
Died 10/6/1938 at Hornsby, aged 45, buried at Northern Suburbs Cemetery.
Married Wilhelmine Fielding 28/12/1922 at St. Patricks
“The Rocks”, born Keerrong, 1/1/1899, died Roselands
Nursing Home 2/10/1993. Cremated Northern Suburbs,
Aged 94 yrs.

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James Ambrose attended Parramatta Marist Brothers school. He was recorded in the 1904 roll as living at Grose St, Parramatta, New South Wales. At the time of enlistment, he was living at the Boulevard, Lidcombe.

War service: Egypt, Western Front (was severely gassed while serving in France) - Returned to Australia 8 April 1919


SYDNEY, Saturday. James Ambrose Groves, 45, who yesterday shot himself dead with a German Mauser rifle, had been a patient sufferer for several years. He had been told that he had not long to live. Friends say that he may not have lived for more than another fortnight. Groves, a returned soldier, had a very exacting job in the Railway Department. He was a train examiner and on his care and powers of observation depended the lives of thousands of passengers. It was his responsibility to determine if the wheels and undercarriages of railway carriages were in a safe condition. For some years Groves had suffered severely. In the last two years his condition had seemed worse. He had been confined to his bed about a fortnight and the police have been told that it was considered that he had no chance of recovery." - from the Newcastle Sun 11 Jun 1938 (nla.gov.au)