James (Jim) DALTON


Service Number: 2468
Enlisted: 29 August 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Woolloomooloo, New South Wales, Australia, 25 May 1883
Home Town: Salt Ash, Port Stephens Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Hit By Shell, Belgium, 11 October 1917, aged 34 years
Cemetery: The Huts Cemetery, ​Dickebusch, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Newcastle Congregational Church, Stockton Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

29 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant
18 Oct 1914: Involvement Gunner, 2468, Divisional Ammunition Column, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '22' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Argyllshire embarkation_ship_number: A8 public_note: ''
18 Oct 1914: Embarked Gunner, 2468, Divisional Ammunition Column, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
14 Jul 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, 2468, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , ANZAC / Gallipoli
14 Sep 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
12 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Bombardier, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
22 Jun 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Bombardier, 2468, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , SW back
30 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 2468, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , GSW back
18 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , TSgt - confirmed on standing orders after KIA
11 Oct 1917: Involvement Sergeant, 2468, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2468 awm_unit: 2 Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Sergeant awm_died_date: 1917-10-11

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans


James Dalton was born 25 May 1883 at Woolloomooloo, Sydney, the son of Captain John Dalton and his wife Eliza. At the time he had one half-sister, Annie, and later John, Fanny, Ida, Harry and William joined the family. By 1885 the family was established at Nelson Bay where James attended school. In 1898 they purchased a farm, "Burton Agnes", in Marsh Road, Salt Ash and when Captain Dalton died in 1912 James and his brother Harry took over its administration which included vegetables and dairy produce. 

James was a very patriotic Australian and single, so when England declared war on Germany in August 1914 he felt, like many other Australians, it was his duty to join the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) and assist in defending the "Motherland". That select group were later renown as "the originals". Because of his rural background he was initially placed into the Divisional Ammunition Column and was later attached to the 2nd Brigade Ammunition Column as a gunner. On 18th October 1914 he sailed out of Sydney Harbour aboard the HMAT Argyllshire bound for Egypt. 

He served in Gallipoli, and was wounded during the Battle of Lone Pine. From Gallipoli, he was sent to France in the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade( 4th Battery) and was wounded in the chest and back on 22 June 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. He then spent 6 months in England recuperating. 

On returning to the front, he was promoted to corporal and fought at Lagnicourt (March-April 1917). He was wounded in the arm in June 1917. After a month's recuperation he rejoined the 4th Battery, was promoted to sergeant and was killed in action on 11 October 1917 during the early stages of the Battle of Passchendaele. 

Chris Bourne, 2012

Date of Birth 1883-05-25, Date of Death 1917-10-11 Occupation Soldier, Other Occupation Farmer
Place of Residence Stockton, NSW