James Joseph QUINLAN

QUINLAN, James Joseph

Service Number: 7512
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: 1887, place not yet discovered
Home Town: Balaklava, Wakefield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sailor
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World War 1 Service

21 Nov 1917: Involvement Private, SN 7512, 14th Infantry Battalion
21 Nov 1917: Embarked Private, SN 7512, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne

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James Joseph Quinlan

James Joseph Quinlan came from Balaklava, near Port Wakefield in South Australia, although he first emigrated from England. Before signing up, James was a sailor. James was one of two siblings, his brother being Thomas John Quinlan.

Thomas, his brother, was a stockman before signing up for the war. He was an engineer in producing ammunition and supplies for the war. Thomas was 34 years old when he signed himself up for his country.

 James was 29 years old when he signed up on the 9th of May for the First World War, he was appointed to the 14 Infantry Battalion (24 and 25 reinforcements) during February to November 1917.

James’ service number was 7512 and was a private. James was moved to Melbourne for his embarkation. He embarked on the 21st November on the ship HMAT Nestor A71.

James was a driver transporting supplies to troops to the Battalions. He continued this unit for two years. Luckily, James had survived the war and returned to Australia on the 2 June 1919.