Cyril Albert JAMES

JAMES, Cyril Albert

Service Number: 4990
Enlisted: 17 August 1917, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Rosewater, South Australia, Australia, 22 May 1898
Home Town: Yeelanna, Lower Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Naracoorte High School, Port Adelaide Public School
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 June 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Plot 1X. Ros C, Grave 4, Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cummins Memorial Pavers, Cummins War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4990, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Broken Hill, New South Wales
22 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4990, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4990, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
25 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4990, 32nd Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Brother of Reginald James

Cyril served in both the Cadets and Senior Citizen Forces in South Asutralia and Broken Hill, NSW

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Three of his cousins also made the supreme sacrifice , two were killed in action and one died of illness


Cyril Albert James was born in Rosewater South Australia on 22nd May 1898 to Oswald Henry James and Maude Elsie James nee Poyzer.  He had an younger brother Reginald James and younger sister Florence Maude James. He attended Port Adelaide Public School and it is believed his last school was Naracoorte High School. At the time of enlistment in Broken Hill his parents were living at the Station House Yeelana where his father was the first Station Master.  

"...4990 Private Cyril Albert James, 32nd Battalion. A bank clerk from Yeelanna, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 14th Reinforcements from Melbourne on 22 December 1917 aboard HMAT Ulysses (A38) for Suez. He was hospitalised with illness for a month after arrival and then re-embarked for Southampton, England. After training in England he proceeded to France and joined his battalion on the Western Front near Vaux-sur-Somme on 10 May 1918. Pte James was killed in action near Amiens on 25 June 1918. He was aged 20 years." - SOURCE (