James Archibald GAULT OBE

GAULT, James Archibald

Service Number: Chaplain
Enlisted: 1 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain (Chaplain 4th Class)
Last Unit: Australian Army Chaplains' Department
Born: Manchester, England, 26 June 1865
Home Town: Cheltenham, Bayside, Victoria
Schooling: Gold Street State School, Wesley College
Occupation: Methodist Clergyman
Died: Natural causes, Mentone, Victoria, 1 February 1938, aged 72 years
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Memorials: Camberwell Uniting Church Memorial Window, Melbourne Chaplains on Active Service Stained Glass Window, Melbourne Methodist Church Memorial Window
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World War 1 Service

1 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, Melbourne, Victoria
16 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Chaplain, Australian Army Chaplains' Department, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Demosthenes embarkation_ship_number: A64 public_note: ''
16 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
29 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Orontes embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
29 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
11 Feb 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department

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Born 26 June 1865 at Manchester, England
Husband of Mrs. Edith Ann Maria GAULT
Of 'The Inglenook', Sea Parade, Cheltenham, Vic.
Aged 50 years
Enlisted 01 July 1915 for Continuous Service
Embarked 16 July 1915 per 'HMAT Demosthenes' from Melbourne, Vic
​Pay rate of 19s 0d after embarkation
Embarked 29 March 1916 per 'RMS Orontes' from Melbourne, Vic.
Served in Egypt and on the Western Front
Returned to Australia 01 November 1919
Awarded OBE

Death of Rev. J. A. Gault

The Rev. J. A. Gault, a Methodist minister, who was widely known to Australian soldiers as Padre Gault, died yesterday after a long illness. One of the best-loved padres in the AIF, Mr. Gault served for four years with the Australians, at first in Egypt and later in France and England. After the war, he continued to show great interest in returned soldiers and work in training camps. When he retired in February, 1934, Mr. Gault had been in the ministry for 40 years. Bom at Manchester. England on June 10, 1865 he came to Australia when aged three years in the sailing-ship Antiope. He was educated at Gold street State school and later at Wesley College. After his appointment as a minister, he served the church in many circuits in Tasmania and Victoria.

Before the war he was superintendent of the Methodist Mission at Collingwood,and after his return from overseas he occupied important positions, including those of superintendent minister in the Brunswick, Port Melbourne, and Yarra street, Geelong, circuits. His last charge was at Camberwell. After ill-health caused him to retire, he lived at Mentone. He has left a widow, a son, and two daughters. Dr. Edward Gault. of Collins street, is a brother, and there are two sisters in New Zealand. The funeral will leave Mr. Gault's home In Sea parade, Mentone, tomorrow, at 2p.m., for the Methodist Church, Mentone. It will then proceed to the Springvale Crematorium. W. D. Rose and Son. Cheltenham, are making the arrangemnts.

R.S.L. Tribute

"Returned soldiers will learn of the death of Padre Gault with deep regret," said the president of the Returned Soldiers' League (Mr. G. W. Holland) lastnight. "He was revered by the AIF. for his unfailing sympathy, understanding, and comradeship." - from the Melbourne Argus 02 Feb 1938

"REV. J. A. GAULT. BELOVED A.I.F."PADRE."  Death After A Long Illness.

After a long Illness, the death occurred at his home at Mentone yesterday afternoon, of Rev. James Archibald ("Padre") Gault, one of the best known and beloved Methodist chaplains to the A.I.F. at Galllpoli and in France. Sorrow at the "padre's" demise, at the age of 72 years, will be shared not only by the thousands to whom he rendered, both spiritual and temporal comfort during the war, but, also by a host of friends won during a long and. fruitful, ministry at many centres in the State, and as chaplain at military camps after the war. He retired from the ministry three years ago, and had suffered Ill-health from that time. Deceased entered the Methodist ministry in 1894, and was ordained four years later. After a successful year as conference evangelist. he was stationed at Mansfield, then at Richmond. Following a ministry at Richmond he was transferred to Tasmania, where for twelve years he exercised his ministry at Mt Lyell Launceston, Penguin and Hobart. Returning to Victoria, Mr. Gault was stationed at St. Kilda, and when the war broke out he was associated with the Colllngwood Mission. He left on active service as a chaplain with the first troops, and was ' present ' throughout the Galllpoli campaign. Later he was with the forces In France, and remained on active service until the last of the troops were demobilised to 1920. He was affectionately known as "padre"after the war to the thousands of soldiers who had learned to regard him as guide, philosopher and friend In the trenches. He was noted always for the good cheer he invariably brought to the troops, and his famous "stunts" among the men were subsequently recorded by him in his publication, "The Stunt Book." For services rendered he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire. On his return to Australia In 1920 he was stationed at Brunswick for three years, and then followed ministries at Port Melbourne, Spring-road, Malvern and finally at Camberwell. A deeply spiritual man, he brought a rare devotion to his ministry, and was beloved by his congregations and ministerial brethren alike. He shunned the limelight, and was one of the most retiring men in conference affairs. The deceased is survived by a widow,two' daughters and, one, son. Dr. Edward L. Gaul is a brother." - from the Melbourne Age 02 Feb 1938