James Whiteside Fraser MCMANAMEY


MCMANAMEY, James Whiteside Fraser

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 12 April 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glebe, New South Wales, 9 February 1862
Home Town: Milsons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: All Saints College & Sydney University
Occupation: Barrister
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 5 September 1915, aged 53 years
Cemetery: Hill 60 Cemetery and Hill 60 (NZ) Memorial
Plot I, Row D, Grave No 3. INSCRIPTION DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI Name also located panel 89 at the AWM, Canberra
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, SN Officer, 19th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Major, SN Officer, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
5 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 19th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

OBITUARY - Sydney Morning Herald - 20 Sep 1915


Major J. W. F. McManamey, a well-known Sydney barrister, who will perhaps be best remembered for his achievements as an interstate Rugby footballer and referee, has been killed at the front.

James Whiteside Fraser McManamey was 53 years of age, and was bom at the Glebe. He began his education under the late J. W. Turner at Wellington, afterwards attending All Saints' College at Bathurst, and thence went to the Sydney University. He was soon afterwards appointed as one of the first masters at the Sydney High School, with Mr. A. H. Piddington (now Interstate Commissioner), and afterwards was connected with The Scots College as school examiner. About 22 years ago he was called to the Bar, practising until the date of his departure . He was chairman of several arbitration boards.

In athletics he made his mark as a Rugby forward and played in the first interstate match between Queensland and New South Wales In 1882. For many years after retiring from play he officiated as referee, and a fine tribute to his impartiality and efficiency was paid him by the Queensland Rugby Union in 1898, when they invited him to Brisbane to referee the match between Queensland and New South Wales - the latter a team which he himself had selected. He was associated for about 35 years with the NSW Rugby Union, being elected president of that body a few months before he left for the front. He figured as a selector of interstate teams for 16 years; was on various sub-commmittees for about 20 years; was chairman of the New South Wales council for ten years.

His connection with the military forces dates back for over 20 years. Starting his career as lieutenant in the 1st Volunteer Australian Infantry Regiment, where he also gained his captaincy - on the introduction of compulsory training he gained his majority with the 21st Infantry, and was given command subsequently of the 38th (Kogarah) Infantry. He sailed as Major and 2nd in Command ol the 19th Batt., 5th Infantry Brigade. Other prominent footballers in the same battalion were S. A. Middleton, F. Coen, L. B. Heath, A. Buckley, and C. Wallack.

He leaves a widow and three boys, who reside at Upper Pitt street, North Sydney. His brothers are Mr. J. McManamey, B.A., of Woodford Academy, Woodford; Mr. Wm. McManamey, B.A., Solicitor, Dubbo; Mr. Hugh McManamey, of Ryde; and sister, Mrs. A. Fry, of Lindfield. The late Major's mother and
sister reside at Woolwich.


McMANAMEY, Major, JAMES WHITESIDE FRASER, 9th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 5th September 1915. Age 53. Son of William and Jessie McManamey; husband of Rose McManamey, of 68, Upper Pitt St., Milson's Point, Sydney, New South Wales. Native of New South Wales. President of the Australian Rugby Union. I. D. 3.

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 53 and the son of William and Jessie McManamey; husband of Rose McManamey, of 68, Upper Pitt St., Milson's Point, Sydney, New South Wales.

President of the Australian Rugby Union.


Father William  J McManamey and Jessie FRASER

Wife  Rose Paterson McMANAMEY,( nee STURROCK ) living at 68 Pitt Street, Milson's Point, New South Wales.
Children:   Sons    John McManamey and James McManamey

Next of kin in service  (nephews):
1340  Lance Corporal Alan Fraser Fry
          13th Battalion, of Lewisham, NSW
          6/9/1915 embarked from Sydney with 10th Reinforcements on board HMAT A70 Ballarat (A70)
          13/8/1915 wounded in action  (14/8/1915 died from these wounds) - 21 years
          buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France

4992  Private Dene Barrett Fry
          3rd Battalion
          9/4/1917 was killed in action in France

Previously served in:
20 years in NSW Commonwealth and Milita
38th Infantry Battalion

Described on enlisting as 53 years old; married;

12/4/1915      Enlisted in Sydney, New South Wales

25/6/1915      Embarked from Sydney, NSW on board HMAT A40 Ceramic
                     as a Major (2nd in Command) of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 19th Infantry Battalion, Headquarters

 5/9/1915        Major McManamey was killed in action at Dardanelles, GALLIPOLI

Originally buried in an isolated grave a the foot of western slope of Damakjelik Bair and near
Damakjelik Kuyu, 2 and 5 eight miles south-east of Lala Baba, Gallipoli.

exhumed & reburied in:  Hill 60 Cemetery
                                    Plot I, Row D, Grave No 3
                                    Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey

1914-15 Star (23173); British War medal (15811); Victory medal (15748);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (356302).