Laurence Mouland JAMES


JAMES, Laurence Mouland

Service Number: 229
Enlisted: 13 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 3 August 1884
Home Town: Langhorne Creek, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Errol Street School, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of Wounds, Fromelles, France, 21 July 1916, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 87.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

13 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 229, 32nd Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 229, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide

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"...229 Private Laurence Mouland James, 32nd Battalion. A carpenter from Langhorne Creek, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with A Company from Adelaide on 18 November 1915 aboard HMAT Geelong (A2) for Suez. On 11 March 1916 Pte James was transferred to the 8th Australian Machine Gun Company which relocated to the Western Front, France, three months later. Pte James was wounded in action near Fromelles on 21 July 1916 and died of these wounds later that day at No 2 Casualty Clearing Station. He was aged 31 years." - SOURCE (


News has been received of the death on July 31, in France, from wounds, of Private L. M. James. He leaves a widow and young child, who reside at Hyde Park. Prior to enlisting about twelve months ago he was in the employ of the State Government. The deceased soldier was keen to do his part, and in his last letter said that members of his company were glad that at last they were going to supreme duty for the Empire. Private James was an old member of the Carlton (Victoria) Harriers' Club, and was at one time one of its foremost athletes. His abounding vitality and open-heartedness made him a general favorite with young and old, as well as with his comrades-in-arms. His father (formerly a well-known resident of Willunga) and mother live at Cheltenham, Victoria, while two sisters (Mrs. B. A. Stone, of Baroota, and Mrs. D. Grant, of Payneham) reside in South Australia." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 19 Aug 1916 (