FALCONER, James Alan

Service Number: 29
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: Malvern, Victoria, 1895
Home Town: Malvern, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Armadale State School
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 April 1918
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Malvern Presbyterian Church HR
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 29, Melbourne, Victoria
21 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 29, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 29, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 29, 5th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
9 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2nd Field Ambulance
13 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 57th Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 57th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...Lieutenant Falconer of Malvern, Vic, enlisted as a private with A Company, 5th Battalion on 17 August 1914 and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Orvieto on 21 October 1914. On 9 May 1915 he was promoted to Lance Corporal with the 2nd Field Ambulance Brigade; 20 August 1915 he was promoted to corporal on the Gallipoli pensinular, and on 25 August 1915 he was acting sergeant. On 25 November 1915 he was promoted to sergeant with 57th Battalion. On 12 August 1916 he was promoted to warrant officer class 2 whilst in France. On 13 September 1916 he was promoted to 2nd lieutenant in France. On 9 March 1917 he was promoted to lieutenant and from his ‘excellent example to his men in March 1918 east of Messines’ he was awarded the Military Cross (MC) 24 October 1918. Lt Falconer was killed in action in France on 25 April 1918 aged 23 years. He is buried at the Daours Communal Cemetery Extension in France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)