James Maxwell BATES

BATES, James Maxwell

Service Numbers: 755, N459027
Enlisted: 19 February 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th (NSW) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Born: Maffra, Victoria, Australia, 9 September 1890
Home Town: Cundletown, Greater Taree, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: 7 March 1982, aged 91 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

19 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 755, Liverpool, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 755, 12th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 755, 12th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '3' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
29 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 755, 7th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli
26 Jan 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 12th Light Horse Regiment
8 Aug 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 12th Light Horse Regiment
7 Apr 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, 755, 12th Light Horse Regiment

World War 2 Service

1 May 1942: Enlisted Private, N459027, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA), Taree, New South Wales
1 May 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, N459027
25 Aug 1943: Discharged Private, N459027, 4th (NSW) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Matthew Freckelton, Australia and NZ in WWI

Remembering today, my Great Great Uncle "Barney".... 755 Corporal James Maxwell Bates 12th ALH 1st Reinforcements. Gallipoli Veteran and Beersheba Charger, he fought out the war in the Middle East. Honoured and revered in our family, he was a big tough Cattle Farmer. I was lucky enough to meet him when I was a child. Crazily, his great Niece, my Mother and the great Nephew of Donald Cameron, who led the 12th in the Charge until very recently lived 2 doors apart in Northern NSW. "Barney's" memorabilia, research notes and files are securely housed in this hand made Australian Red Cedar Frame. An Australian Hero, never forgotten.