Service Number: 3801
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Munro, Victoria, Australia, July 1890
Home Town: Pingelly, Pingelly, Western Australia
Schooling: Yeerung State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 3 September 1916
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Courcelette British Cemetery, Picardie, France, Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Warloy-Baillon, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Narrogin War Memorial, Wickepin Fallen Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, 3801, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Ajana embarkation_ship_number: A31 public_note: ''
17 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, 3801, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ajana, Fremantle
3 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 3801, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3801 awm_unit: 52nd Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-09-03

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

James Bartlett was born at Munro near Stratford in Victoria, but at some stage travelled to Western Australia and Pingelly WA, was given by his dad as his place of association. James just went missing during the 52nd Battalion’s disastrous attack on Mouquet Farm. He was officially missing for 7 months until a court of enquiry during April 1917 found him to be killed in action on 3 September 1916. His father received his identity disc during 1918. His remains were discovered during 1920 and he now has a gravesite at Courcelette British Cemetery.

His younger brother, 23/1547 Private Allan Walter Bartlett, 2nd Battalion Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, had died of illness only 3 weeks before on 10 August 1916 in France, age 24.

An older brother 1873 Pte. William Edward Bartlett 59th Battalion died of wounds the next year, 11 June 1917.

Another brother 1872 Private John Albert Fitzgerald Bartlett served with the 38th Battalion AIF and was returned to Australia by order of the Department of Defence for ‘family reasons’, in October 1917, no doubt due to the fact his three brothers had already died during the war.