James Joseph COLGATE

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COLGATE, James Joseph

Service Number: 398
Enlisted: 7 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Korumburra, Victoria, 1900
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 12 July 1917
Cemetery: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Memorials: Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*
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World War 1 Service

7 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 398, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 398, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 398, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Peter Rankin

James was only aged 17 years 6 months old when he was killed. His family epitaph reads- SLEEP ON BRAVE SON IN A DISTANT LAND, IN A GRAVE WE NEVER MAY SEE, BUT AS LONG AS LIFE AND MEMORY LAST, WE WILL REMEMBER, EVER THINK OF YOU, WE PRAYED FOR YOUR SAFE RETURN, AND LONGED TO CLASP YOUR HAND, BUT, ALAS OUR HOPES ARE BLIGHTED, UNTIL WE MEET IN THAT BETTER LAND.