Roy Pickard JAMES

JAMES, Roy Pickard

Service Number: 1363
Enlisted: 16 December 1914, Adelaide South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hindmarsh, South Australia , 17 May 1887
Home Town: Hindmarsh, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College
Occupation: Auctioneer/Agent
Died: Natural causes, Renmark, South Australia , 28 October 1950, aged 63 years
Cemetery: Renmark Cemetery, S.A.
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Memorials: Burra Loyal Burra Lodge Court Unity AOF No 3015 WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

16 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 1363, Adelaide South Australia
2 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1363, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1363, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1363, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1363, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, Raid on Celtic Wood
23 Sep 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

One of the five Celtic Wood Raid officers, Lieutenant Roy Pickard James, also a Gallipoli man, sustained shrapnel wounds to his left arm during the raid and after making it back, was treated at 64th Field Ambulance before being admitted to 41st Casualty Clearing Station later that day. On 11 October, he was transferred to 8th General Hospital then five days later was invalided to England; he did not rejoin the battalion. The CO’ post raid report identified him as a raid officer. Lieutenant James returned to Australia on 1 February 1918. After recovering from his wounds he later established a business in Renmark and lived there until his death in 1950

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