James Sidney Swanton VICKERY


VICKERY, James Sidney Swanton

Service Number: 12394
Enlisted: 14 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Field Ambulance
Born: Tamworth, NSW, 1895
Home Town: Brighton, Bayside, Victoria
Schooling: Haileybury College, Melbourne University
Occupation: Medical Student
Died: Killed in Action, France, 26 February 1917
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
III F 27, Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haileybury College HB, MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club
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World War 1 Service

14 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 12394, 10th Field Ambulance
20 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 12394, 10th Field Ambulance
20 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 12394, 10th Field Ambulance, HMAT Runic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Sidney Swanton and Gertrude Mary VICKERY, Bright, Victoria

The death is announced in action on the 26th February, of Private James Sidney Swanton Vickery, only son of the late Mr. S. S. Vickery (a former well-known Bendigonian) and Mrs. Vickery, of "Glynn," Seymour-grove, Brighton Beach, at the age of 21 years. He was a grandson of thelate Mr. James S. Vickery, of Bectine Estate, New South Wales, and the late Mr. M. J. Fogarty, of Bendigo.

James was educated at the Haileybury College, where he was a prefect.  He entered the University in 1914 and enlisted after doing first year Medicine at the Melbourne University.

James joined the AMC in March 1916, as a stretcher bearer, and ws attached to the 10th Field Ambulance Brigade.  He was killed in the trenches near Armentieres, 26th February 1917 at the age of 21.  He and some of his comrades were sheltering some wounded men in a dugout, but the shelling was beyond their endurance, so they moved to another, which was considered far safer, but they had not been there long when a shell burst fairly upon the dugout and he was killed instantaneously.  He matriculated in 1913, and was doing his first hear in Medicine at the Melbourne University when he enlisted.  He was a prominent member of both cricket and football teams, and was a member of our last champion team, Shugg's eleven, which won the Champion flag in 1911.  He was a first-class ruck man in the football eighteen.  Besides an excellent sport and a student, he was a good musician, and helped at all our school concerts.