James Hartley ANTCLIFF


ANTCLIFF, James Hartley

Service Number: 2029
Enlisted: 10 May 1916, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 36th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sandhills, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, April 1893
Home Town: Cooks Hill, Newcastle West, New South Wales
Schooling: Cook's Hill Superior Public School, New South Wales
Occupation: Ironmoulder
Died: Killed in action, Messines, Belgium, 7 June 1917
Cemetery: Toronto Avenue Cemetery, Ploegsteert Wood Belgium
Row B, Grave 17
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cook's Hill Superior Public School , Cooks Hill Life Saving & Surf Club War Memorial, Cooks Hill Lifesaving & Surf Club War Memorial, Cooks Hill St John's Honor Roll, Cundletown Employees of A Goninan & Co Ltd. Roll of Honor, Newcastle (Gardner Memorial) War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 2029, 36th Infantry Battalion, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
24 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2029, 36th Infantry Battalion
24 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2029, 36th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney

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Son of Jeanie Antcliff, of 15, Council St., Cook's Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales, and the late James Antcliff.

Held the Championship 1915-16 for 100 yards. League Swimmer of the Northern District. (Mother)

Northern Athlete Killed in Action
(By The Arrow's Newcastle Correspondent.)
The Cook's Hill (Newcastle) Life-Saving Club suffered a great loss when their captain, Private J. Antcliffe, was killed in action in France a few weeks ago. Private Antcliffe, a man of almost perfect physique, was 23 years old when he enlisted in May, 1916. One of the best all-round athletes in the northern district he was most prominent in football and swimming. He was a member of the East Newcastle Ruby League Club for which he generally played wing three-quarter. Just prior to embarking he broke his collar-bone when East played South on the League ground. In the 1915-10 season he won the Northern District League swimming championship. A native of Newcastle he was employed by Messrs. Goninan & Co., Ltd., and was the sole support of his widowed mother, and to assist her and her family a social will be held by the Cook's Hill Club on August 15.

Alderman Killgour, the Mayor of New castle, has handed to Mrs. Antcllff, mother of the late Private Antcliff a cheque for £53, the proceeds of the recent smoke concert organised by the Cook's Hill Life-saving Club. Mrs. Antcliff expressed her thanks to the club for the kindness. Mr. D. H. Thompson, honorary secretary of the club, recently wrote to the Minister for Lands, brlnging under his notice Mrs. Antclliff's case, and asked that a rent allowance should be made her, the same as the widows of soldiers received. Mr. Thompson has received a reply, advising that Mrs. Antcliff would be allowed £2 3s 4d per month for a perlod of twelve months, and at the expiration of that time her case would be reviewed.


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Bill Durrant, Australia and NZ in WWI

No.2029 Pte James (Jim) Hartly ANTCLIFF was a 23 year old Iron Moulder from Cook's Hill in NSW when he enlisted in the AIF on the 10th of May 1916.

He embarked from Sydney with the 3rd Reinforcements to the 36th Battalion on the 24th of August 1916 and was taken-on-strength by the 36th Battalion (Carmichael's Thousand) in England on the 17th of November.

He proceeded with the Battalion to France on the 22nd of November 1916.

He was Killed-in-Action on the 7th of June 1917, while part of a Carrying Party, the 36th supporting the attack on Messines Ridge by the other three Battalions of the Brigade. He was buried in the Toronto Avenue Cemetery in Belgium.