James MCLEOD

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MCLEOD, James

Service Number: 888
Enlisted: 13 September 1914, Place of enlistment - Rosebery Park, New South Wales
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, 21 August 1888
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk in railway service
Died: Bomb explosion, Gallipoli, 10 August 1915, aged 26 years
Cemetery: 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery
Special Memorial A, Grave 42 Headstone Inscription "THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT"
Memorials: Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

13 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 888, 13th Infantry Battalion, Place of enlistment - Rosebery Park, New South Wales
1 Oct 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 13th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 888, 13th Infantry Battalion, Embarked on HMAT 'A38' Ulysses from Melbourne 22nd December 1914
11 Jun 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 13th Infantry Battalion, Was appointed Acting Sergeant on 3rd May 1915
26 Jul 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN 888, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Killed in action
26 Jul 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 13th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Clifford Loudon

James McLeod was born in Barrow-in-Furness, the son of Robert and mary Kilpatrick from Northern Ireland.  His fatehr died when james was only 2 years old.  His mother remarried and in 1893 James and his siblings were given the surname of their step-father Murdo McLeod.

James and his siblings and mother sailed on the "Orizaba" and  arrived in Sydney at the end of 1897, Murdo McLeod having come to Australia earlier to obtain employment and a place to live.

The family lived in Newcastle

James was loved and respected by his own siblings and also by his step-sisters and brother.

He was of fine physique and above-average abilities.  He was employed in the railway service at Eskbank for a number of years and for a time at Wallerawang.  He was well-known in sporting circles.

He enlisted as a Private, was promoted to a Corporal and later to the commissioned rank.  He died as Lieutenant J.K McLeod.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

105 years ago today, on the 10th August 1915, 2nd Lieutenant James (Jim) K McLeod, 13th Battalion, railway clerk (Eskbank, Lithgow, N.S.W.), of 1 Henry Street, Merewether (Glebe), New South Wales, was Killed in Action, age 26.

https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1648618/
Red Cross Wounded and Missing - https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1494269/
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article137973017

Born at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, United Kingdom or Belfast, Ulster, Ireland on the 21st August 1888 to Murdo (died 1961, stepfather) and Mary (died 1943 - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167632049) McLeod nee Kilpatrick, Jim enlisted September 1914 at Rosebery Army Camp, N.S.W.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218443493

Mr McLeod is now resting at the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. Special Memorial A. 42.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218446121
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218447661
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218444292
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218453789
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218445589

His name has been inscribed on the Merewether (Mitchell Park) Memorial Gates (photos, unveiled on the 12th March 1921), Lithgow's Fallen Heroes War Memorial, Lithgow Methodist Church Honour Roll - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218728337 and the NSW Govt Railways and Tramways Roll of Honour, 1914-1919.

There is no memorial inscription on the headstone plaque of Jim’s parents to tell us of the loss of their son, and I am unable to erect a Memorial Cross, so I have placed poppies in remembrance of Jim’s supreme sacrifice for God, King and Country. GENERAL-03. 62.
Clifford Loudon (VMMA) has provide the following information.

James McLeod was born in Barrow-in-Furness, the son of Robert and Mary Kilpatrick from Northern Ireland. His father died when James was only 2 years old. His mother remarried and in 1893 James and his siblings were given the surname of their stepfather Murdo McLeod.The family sailed on the "Orizaba" and arrived in Sydney at the end of 1897, Murdo McLeod having come to Australia earlier to obtain employment and a place to live.He was of fine physique and above-average abilities. He was employed in the railway service at Eskbank for a number of years and for a time at Wallerawang. He was well-known in sporting circles.

http://sandgate.northerncemeteries.com.au/index.php/war-heroes/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&aso=exact&s_f=id&data_search=22210#2
Lest We Forget.

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