James Willis PLUMMER

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PLUMMER, James Willis

Service Number: 469
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Birdsville, Queensland, 14 July 1894
Home Town: Yorketown, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Yorketown Public School
Occupation: Horse Trainer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Yorketown and District of Melville Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 469, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 469, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide

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"YORKETOWN, December 17.— The unveiling ceremony in connection with the memorial tree guard to the late Private J. W. Plummer, who fell at the landing at the Dardanelles, took place this afternoon. After the breaking up at the school, the scholars and friends, headed by the Yorketown Brass Band, marched to the post-office. Mr. J. Silver (chairman of the school Board of Advice) handed the guard over to the town, on behalf of the scholars and subscribers. The mayor (Mr. R. T. MacFarlane) accepted it, and unveiled the tablet, which bore the words:—

"In memory of the late Private James Willis Plummer, 10th Battalion, A.I.F., who fell in the landing at Gallipoli, April 25, 1915, aged 20 years."

Councillor W. Woods, on behalf of the Yorketown Football Club, handed the parents a framed photograph of their son (who was a playing member of the club). Speeches were made by Messrs. Heaney and Ferguson, Councillor Woods, and Revs. Williams and Arnold. Music was provided by the Yorketown Band. Private A. R. Brown, a returned soldier, declared the tree well and truly planted." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 25 Dec 1915 (nla.gov.au)

 

Private James Plummer, son of Mr. J. Plummer, of near Yorketown, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles, was a member of the first contingent. He was among the first to enlist from Yorketown, and the first to be killed. He was a prominent member of the Yorketown Football Club, and a member of the local branch of the Rechabite Lodge. He was well liked and respected in the district. His particular duty was the distribution of ammunition to the firing line. Chronicle (Adelaide), 3rd July 1915. (Monument Australia Website)

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