SOMMERVILLE, James Herbert

Service Number: 19867
Enlisted: 9 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 8th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Clovelly, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom, 9 June 1893
Home Town: Port Victoria, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: County Council School, Clovelly, North Devon, England
Occupation: Mason's Labourer
Died: Pneumonia, At Sea (aboard H.M.T. Medic), 2 July 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea on the day he died. Commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Port Victoria War Memorial and Flagpole
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World War 1 Service

9 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
20 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 19867, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
20 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 19867, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Medic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

His birth was registered as Sommerville but some sources [including AWM]state his surname as Somerville.


Births Sep 1893   Sommerville James Herbert Bideford 5b 495

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 23 and the son of James and Augusta E. Somerville, of Clovelly, North Devon, England.

He is remembered on the CLOVELLY 1914 - 1918 WAR MEMORIAL

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

1901 census-Saint Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom


James Sommerville Head 43 Glasgow Scotland

Augusta E Sommerville Wife 28 Clovelly, North Devonshire

James Herbert Sommerville Son 7 Clovelly, North Devonshire

William Archibald Sommerville Son 2 Clovelly, North Devonshire

Ellen Augusta Sommerville Daughter 0 St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire

Age on arrival in Australia 16

Enlistment date 9 September 1915-Gunner-Field Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 30.

Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916-he was then said to be 24.[but not in fact so]

The war memorial plaque is in Clovelly church.