Badge Number: S2824, Sub Branch: West Croydon


Service Numbers: 6488, S67325
Enlisted: 11 August 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Born: Coward Springs, South Australia, 10 October 1890
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Hotel keeper
Died: Natural causes, West Croydon, South Australia, 3 July 1984, aged 93 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, William Creek War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6488, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
23 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6488, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Adelaide
23 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6488, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Port Melbourne embarkation_ship_number: A16 public_note: ''
16 Apr 1917: Imprisoned POW of Germany
23 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 6488, 10th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

5 Apr 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, S67325
5 Apr 1942: Enlisted Private, S67325, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA), Adelaide, South Australia
6 Apr 1942: Involvement Private, S67325, 1st (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
29 Oct 1945: Discharged Private, S67325

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Wounded 6488, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

"James Cheyne was born in 1890 at the family hotel in Coward Springs, on the Oodnadatta Track. He was one of 9 children including his brothers George and Alfred, who also came to Coober Pedy. James’s father, Magnus, was the publican, until 1907 when he was accidentally killed by a brumby that kicked him in the head. From 1907 until September 1908 James’s mother Minnie Christiana Cheyne was in charge, followed by her son Arthur Charles Cheyne. He was the publican until 1912 when James took over. In 1916 James enlisted in the A.I.F. He was sent to France in April of that year where he was captured by the enemy within days of his arrival. He spent the rest of WWI as a prisoner of war in Poland, perhaps luckily, as his battalion, the 10th, took part in the bitter trench warfare on the Western Front..." - READ MORE LINK (Page 4) (rslvwm.s3.amazonaws.com)