James Anderson LIGERTWOOD

LIGERTWOOD, James Anderson

Service Number: 1734
Enlisted: 17 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maylands, South Australia, 25 July 1887
Home Town: Maylands, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Norwood & Wellington Road Schools
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 November 1916, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, SA Caledonian Society Soldiers Memorial WW1 Honour Board, St Peters Heroes War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

17 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1734, 27th Infantry Battalion, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1734, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Kanowna embarkation_ship_number: A61 public_note: ''
3 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1734, 27th Infantry Battalion
3 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 1734, 27th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

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Lance-Corporal James A. Ligertwood, whose death in action on November 3, was reported on November 27, was born at Maylands on August 25, 1887. He was the second son of the late Mr. W. L. Ligertwood, who was wall known in building and contracting circles in Adelaide. He was educated at the Norwood and Wellington-road public schools, and later at the School of Mines and Industries. For some time prior to the outbreak of war he was in business on his own account as a builder and contractor, but as soon as his affairs were arranged, he enlisted in the Expeditionary Forces. He saw four months service on Gallipoli, and was amongst the first Australians who landed in France. There he was in the trenches continuously for six months, and fought through all the big battles on the Somme until the last call came. He will be mourned by a large circle of friends, particularly at St. Giles' Presbyterian Church, Norwood, where, for years, in a modest, unassuming way he rendered faithful service to the various church organisations. Coupling a strong manly spirit with a remarkably easy and genial disposition, he always recognised the duties as well as the privileges of friendship and there are several families in Adelaide, who, although they did not know him personally, will remember him with kindness for what he did for their boys in the trenches. He was an athlete of no mean prowess, 6 ft. in height, and possessed of great physical strength. He excelled at football, and was a good cricketer and tennis player, and skilful gymnast." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 09 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)