James Walter (Jimmy) CHRISTENSEN



Service Numbers: 225, 267, 1528
Enlisted: 20 July 1915, Cairns, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Mackay, Queensland, Australia, 5 September 1877
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Homebush State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of wounds - GSW to spine, Fromelles, Buchanan Hospital, St. Leonards, England, United Kingdom, 12 August 1916, aged 38 years
Cemetery: Hastings Cemetery, Sussex
Hastings Cemetery, Hastings, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Homebush & District Honor Board, Mackay Cenotaph, Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 225, 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry
2 Jan 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 267, 7th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

World War 1 Service

20 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1528, 31st Infantry Battalion, Cairns, Queensland
5 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1528, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1528, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Bakara, Melbourne
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 31st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 12th August......Private James Walter Christensen was born at Mackay, Queensland in 1877. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 21st July, 1915 as a 37 year old, single, Miner from Mount Carbine, via Cairns, Queensland.

Private Christensen embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Bakara (A41) on 5th November, 1915 with 1st Reinforcements of 31st Battalion & disembarked at Suez on 7th December, 1915. He arrived in France on 23rd June, 1916.

Private Christensen was wounded in action in France on 20th July, 1916. He was reported as being dangerously ill on 27th July, 1916 with gunshot wounds to spine.

Private Christensen was invalided to England & admitted to the Buchanan Hospital, St. Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, England on 31st July, 1916 with gunshot wounds to the Spine (severe) & Paralysis.

Private James Walter Christensen died on 12th August, 1916 at the Buchanan Hospital, St. Leonards, Hastings, Sussex, England from wounds received in action in France – gunshot wounds to spine. He was buried in Hastings Cemetery, Hastings, Sussex, England.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)



He was the second eldest child and the only boy to enlist into the first world war. He never married and was a miner like his father and lived in Mackay all of his life.

An uncle of 6042 Pte. James William Jewell (/explore/people/116038) who died of wounds in France 17 Jul 1918