James William YORK


YORK, James William

Service Number: 3125
Enlisted: 10 October 1916, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Zeehan, Tasmania, 2 May 1892
Home Town: Sheffield, Kentish, Tasmania
Schooling: Tasmanian State School, West Kentish
Occupation: School Master
Died: Killed In Action, Killed In Action (Gsw Head), France, 9 April 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Crucifix Corner Cemetery
Also commemorated panel 177 in the Commemorative Area at the AWM, Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart St Andrews Church Roll of Honour, Kentish Municipality Honour Roll Mural, Sheffield War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3125, Claremont, Tasmania
10 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3125, 40th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3125, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
8 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3125, 5th Machine Gun Battalion

Greg Cornelius

James York
Is my grand fathers brother.
I stumbled on this story, it took my breath away.
From a world away from France 🇫🇷 and a world away from our family to enlist at age 24 and die a year later in France for King and Country.
I’ll always remember him.
My great grand parents who rest in Sheffield Tasmania along with his brother my grand father Reginald York, I cant even imagine what it would be like to give up their son and brother and tune into the radio to be updated and finally to receive James would never come home.
Proudly Australian we are like many of us gave up our sons lost to our families my the world live in peace, we will remember them.!

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Father  Albert James York  and  Mother Ether Maira York (nee Excell)
living at  Sheffield, Tasmania.

Brother:   Reginald George York

On enlisting James lived at Burnie, Tasmania.

Previous service:-   3 years with 21st Light Horse Regiment

Next of kin in service:  2 cousins (kia)

Described on enlisting as 24 years old; single; 5' 9" tall; 10 stone; fair complexion;
light blue eyes; fair hair; Presbyterian.

26/9/1916        completed medical in Burnie
                        fit for service

10/10/1916      Enlisted at Claremont, Tasmania

2/2/1917          Commanding Officer placed James in 40th Infantry Battalion,
                        7th reinforcements Claremont Camp

10/2/1917        Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on board HMAT Seang Bee
                        with the 40th Infantry Battalion, 7th reinforcements
2/5/1917          disembarked into Devonport, England

2/5/1917          marched in to 12th Training Brigade

13/7/1917        transferred to Machine Gun Durrington

11/10/1917      proceeded overseas to France, ex Folkestone

12/10/1917      marched in ex England, into Machine Gun Corps Base Depot, Camiers, France

15/10/1917      marched out to 25th Australian Machine Gun Company
16/10/1917      taken on strength in 25th Australian Machine Gun Company


8/4/1918         Private York was serving with the 5th Machine Gun Company in France when
                       he was hit in the head by a sniper and died instantly.

from Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Bureau


body later exhumed and reinterned in:
                     Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, France.

British War Medal (56320); Victory medal (55440); Memorial Plaque and
Memorial Scroll (342991).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  23/11/2014.  Lest we forget.