James Herman ROHDE

Badge Number: 14355, Sub Branch: Eudunda

ROHDE, James Herman

Service Number: 435
Enlisted: 25 January 1915, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rutherglen, VIC, 3 February 1898
Home Town: Eudunda, Goyder, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Heart Attack, Eudunda, South Australia, 13 January 1967, aged 68 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Derrick Garden of Remembrance
Memorials: Eudunda Arch Gates, Eudunda and District WW1 Roll of Honour, Eudunda and District WW2 Honour Roll, Robertstown Peace Hall Roll of Honor WW1
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World War 1 Service

25 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Oaklands, South Australia
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 435, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 435, 27th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 435, 27th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

14 May 1941: Enlisted Keswick, SA

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James Herman Rohde was still 16 years-of-age when he enlisted with a note from his father, Julius Albert Rohde, which gave permission for his son, being under the age of 21, to enlist in the AIF.

Like his father, James  was a carpenter by trade.  He  married Daphne Weil in 1923 at  Eudunda and they had  two children, Joy (Dawson) and Donald James. He had five  grand children, Robin and Sue Dawson (Curnow) who lived in Lock, South Australia, plus Ross, Allan and Julie Rohde (Schulz) who lived 3 houses down, all of whom  have fond memories of an intelligent and kind man who worked at the Community Club and played bowls.  James  also enjoyed smoking a pipe and sugaring almonds which were grown  in his backyard at Laurence Street,  Eudunda, S.A.

His daughter Joy recalls being woken up as a child, very early in the morning by her father, to wash her face and assemble on the neighbrous front lawn with other local children. There he put them through an exercise routine (something to do with polio?) this was between the 1st and 2nd World Wars.  

He also told her one story of being in the trenches with his mates. His mate on the right was shot and killed and the one on his left had his legs blown off whilst he survived. He also enlisted on the 14 May 1941 for service in the 2nd World War, and was discharged on 22 Aug 1945. During this service James was not deployed but did serve at Loveday camp as a Sergeant.  James died of a heart attack in 1967 aged 68 years. - Julie Schultz (nee Rohde)