James William CONNOLE

Badge Number: 50534

CONNOLE, James William

Service Number: 2338
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bowden, South Australia, 1 December 1894
Home Town: Glanville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Porter, S.A.R.
Died: Killed in shunting accident, Port Adelaide, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, S.A.
Cheltenham Cemetery Section: Section FX Drive: A Path (#): 1(23) Site Number: 5N Service Type: Burial
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards
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World War 1 Service

13 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2338, 27th Infantry Battalion
13 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2338, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Adelaide

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Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Wednesday 1 October 1924



A shunting accident, which proved   fatal, occurred in the Port Adelaide goods yard at 11.30 p.m. on Monday. Acting shunter James William Connole, engaged in shunting operation in process at the yards, was making up a rake of trucks when he moved between two of the trucks to couple them up, and evidently misjudging the distance between them in the gloom, was jammed between the buffers as the train moved back. His pelvis was, crushed, and he received other internal injuries. Without much loss of time he was conveyed to the Port Adelaide Casualty Hospital, and from there was placed in the motor ambulance for removal to the Adelaide Hospital. The injured man, however, died on the way up. He was born on December 1, 1895, and first entered the railway service as a porter on June 10, 1912. He proceeded on active service with the 27th Battalion of the A.I.F., returning to duty with the Railway Department at the Port Dock Station in 1919. Since then he has been connected with the goods trains service out of the Port station to the Outer Harbour and to Dry Creek, and in shunting work in and around the goods yard. In the service he was most popular. He was a married man, and resided at Parker street, Alberton. Fellow employes of the deceased at Port Adelaide collected £11 for the purchase of a   wreath, the balance to go to the widow


Recorder (Port Pirie, SA: 1919 - 1954) Friday 3 October 1924

Crushed Between Trucks.


ADELAIDE, Thursday.

"Who fouled that truck? I am done," were the last words uttered by James William Connole, before he lapsed into unconsciousness and subsequently died at the Adelaide Hospital early on Tuesday morning, as a result of injuries received through being crushed between two trucks at Port Adelaide a few hours previously.

Connole, who was 29 years of age, was employed by the Railways Department.

At the inquiry conducted into his death today Dr. Ramsay Smith (City Coroner) found that Connole died from injuries accidentally received.


Blyth Agriculturist (SA: 1908 - 1954) Friday 10 October 1924


On the 30th September, Mr. James Connole was accidently killed by the buffers of two trucks crushing into him at the Port Adelaide railway station. Mr. Connole, who was 29 years of age, had been married three years, was a brother of Mrs. P. J. Cadan, of Clare. His remains were interred in the Cheltenham Cemetery, and a large number of his comrades in the railway service marched to the funeral, as well as a body of returned soldiers of the 27th Battalion, of which Mr. Connole was a member in the late war. A great number of wreaths were placed on the graveside.