James Hamilton AYLIFFE


AYLIFFE, James Hamilton

Service Number: 260
Enlisted: 1 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Purnamoota Station, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 16 December 1890
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: St Peters College, Adelaide
Occupation: Bushman
Died: Died of Wounds (GSW abdomen), Palestine, 7 November 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Beersheba Military Cemetery
Also panel 3 at the AWM
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board, Victor Harbor War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 260, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 260, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 260, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 260, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
8 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
7 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 260, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Battle of Beersheba

From the book Fallen Saints

James Hamilton Ayliffe of Myponga, South Australia was born near Purnamoota about 30 kilometres north of Broken Hill, New South Wales. While at the School he served in the senior cadets for a period of seven months and after leaving worked in the bush and was the manager of a sheep station until he enlisted in Adelaide on 24 August 1914. He and his brother Trooper Frank Ayliffe sailed from Adelaide with B Squadron, 3rd Light Horse Regiment aboard HMAT Port Lincoln on 20 October.
In late February while in Egypt he was admitted to hospital with appendicitis but rejoined the regiment in early May and proceeded to Gallipoli with them on 9 May 1915. He was admitted to hospital for five days during September and after being discharged remained at Anzac with his unit until they left on 14 December.
After returning to Egypt he was appointed lance corporal and attached to the Western Frontier Force until March 1916 when the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigades and the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade formed the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division.
On 10 March, after having been warned at evening stables that no one was to leave camp, Lance Corporal Ayliffe went into the town of Girga, Upper Egypt and was unlucky enough to get caught. He was charged with disobeying a lawful command and on 26 March was awarded 28 days Field Punishment No 2 and reduced in rank.
He was promoted to Corporal on 2 July, admitted to hospital sick at Romani on 1 August and rejoined the regiment three days later in time to participate in the Battle of Romani and the pursuit of the retreating Turks. During the Battle of Rafa on 9 January 1917 he was shot in the arm and was admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance but transferred to 24th Stationary Hospital, Cairo the next day. He was later transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital at Abbassia and then to the Convalescent Depot, Abbassia until at the end of February he was discharged to the 1st Light Horse Training Regiment at Moascar; he rejoined the 3rd Light Horse Regiment at Shellal on 8 May and was promoted to Sergeant two months later.
At 5.20 p.m., on 6 November after spending five days on outpost duties along the line between Tel-el-Sharia to the Hebron Road just south of Tel-el-Khuweilfer, the 3rd Light Horse Regiment moved to the Brigade assembly point north of Beersheba. There with the remainder of the Brigade they moved forward six kilometres to take over the positions of the 22nd Mounted Brigade. After being relieved at 6.45 a.m., on 7 November the Brigade moved off towards Tel-el-Sharia and during the move came under desultory fire. Sergeant Ayliffe was shot in the abdomen and evacuated to the 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance but died there the same day; he was 27 years of age.
James was the eldest of three brothers who served in the AIF during the War. Corporal William Ayliffe was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux and Sergeant Frank Ayliffe returned to Australia in October 1918.

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Father  Frank Ayliffe and Mother Elizabeth Ann (nee Davison),
c/o Zinc Corporation Mills at  Myponga, SA. Native of Purnamoota Station, Broken Hill, NSW

James was the eldest of three brothers who all served with the AIF:

6537  Pte William Hawden Ayliffe
27th Battalion, of Adelaide, SA.
A farmer
9/1916              enlisted
24/1/1917         embarked Outer Harbour, Pt Adelaide with
                        19th Reinforcements on board HMAT Miltiades (A28)
24/7/1917         He arrived in France
7/8/1917           transferred to the 50th Battalion
15/11/1917       promoted to the rank of Corporal
25/4/1918         killed in action at Villers Bretonneux, France (25 years)

259 Sgt Frank Keith Ayliffe
20 years old; Stockman
Last residence Purnamoota Station, Broken Hill, New South Wales
20/8/1914         Enlisted  at  Morphettville
22/10/1914       Embarked with his brother James from Outer Harbour on HMAT A17 Port Lincoln
                        as a Private in  B Squadron, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
                        5th Motor Transport Company
8/10/1918         returned to Australia  (24 years).

James' previous service:
7 months Senior Cadets

Described on enlisting as 23 years 7 months old; single;  5’ 9 1/4” tall;  155 lbs;
dark complexion;  brown eyes; brown hair;  Church of England

24/8/1914        Enlisted  at  Morphettville
                        Completed medical - fit for service

22/10/1914      Embarked with his brother FRANK from Outer Harbour Pt Adelaide on HMAT (A17) Port Lincoln
                        as a Private in  B Squadron, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

9/5/1915          Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli

12/9/1915        sick admitted to hospital - Gallipoli

17/9/1915        rejoined unit - Gallipoli

20/12/1915      disembarked Gallipoli for Alexandria

29/12/1915      Proceeded to join Western Frontier Force
                        appointed Lance Corporal

2/7/1916          appointed temporary Corporal
2/7/1916          appointed Corporal

1/8/1916           sick to hospital, Romani
4/8/1916           rejoined unit

9/1/1917           Wounded in action, El-Arish,
                         admitted to 1st Field Ambulance
10/1/1917         gun shot wound, right arm
11/1/1917         transferred to 24th Stationary Hospital, Cairo
14/1/1917         to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia
15/2/1917         to Convalescent Depot, Abbassia
22/2/1917         discharged to 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar
                         taken on strength, 1st Light Horse Training Regiment

6/5/1917           Transferred to 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Moascar
8/5/1917           taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Shellal

8/7/1917           Appointed Sergeant

7/11/1917         Gun shot wound to abdomen
                         admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, Palestine

7/11/1917           died of wounds – received in action
buried :             bearing from Sheria
                         400 yards East of Railway, 400 yards South-East of Railway Station
                         of Khum Amadah, Palestine
buried by:         Chaplain J Boardman, on bank of Little Wadi, Palestine

19/12/1919       exhumed and reburied in:
                        Beersheba Military Cemetery
                        Row Q, Grave 81

WWI Star 1914-15 (3250);  British War medal (2719);  Victory medal;
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (337897).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan with additions by Heather Walker.  3/11/2014.  Lest we forget.