William JAMES MiD

JAMES, William

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 30 December 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 6th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Coy
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 9 June 1875
Home Town: Glebe, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Natural causes, St Leonards, New South Wales, 16 March 1966, aged 90 years
Cemetery: Woronora General Cemetery and Crematorium, N.S.W.
Plot: Wall of Memories, 8 GG, 133
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World War 1 Service

30 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, Railway Unit (AIF), Sydney, New South Wales
7 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, Railway Unit (AIF), HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney
7 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, Railway Unit (AIF), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
15 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 6th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Coy
1 Jun 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Major, 6th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Coy, Appointed Major
25 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Major, 6th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Coy, Cessation of hostilities

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

William James was 41 when he joined the AIF in 1916. By that time he already had 27 years of railway service and was Relief Steam Shed Inspector at Eveleigh Workshops. He became the commanding officer of the 6th Railway Operating Company.

During service, William James rose to the rank of Major and was mentioned in despatches in January 1919. he is described as:

'A competent Locomotive and Railway Operating Officer of a military Railway. Good disciplinarian, handles men tactfully and is a good trainer of men. Physically fit, and very energetic. Has done exceptionally good work in this Unit, both in Forward Areas under fire and at the Base'

William James' demobilisation was delayed as he was still on military duty in France in the middle of 1919 and did not return to Australia until September. Once back in NSW Government Railway service, James was immediately made Senior Steam Shed Inspector at Goulburn and in 1934 became Divisional Locomotive Superintendent. He remained in that position until he retired in 1940. He died in 1966. SOURCE (nswrailwaysremember.com.au)