Service Number: 288
Enlisted: 17 August 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 1876
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sailor
Died: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 6 August 1951, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens & Crematorium, Queensland
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, 288, Queensland Imperial Bushmen
18 May 1900: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Private, 288, 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, AWM Boer War Unit Details, Murray p. 475 notes 4th QIB embarked 18 May 1900 aboard Manchester Port arriving Beira 14 Jun 1900.
10 Aug 1901: Discharged Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Private, 288, 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, Invalided and remained South Africa when 4th QIB embarked 5 Jul 1901 aboard Britannic returning to Australia arriving Brisbane 5 Aug 1901, disbanded 10 Aug 1901. He returned aboard Manchester Merchant arriving Albany W.A. on 24 Jan 1902.

World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 4th Pioneer Battalion
19 Sep 1916: Involvement 4th Pioneer Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '5' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Seang Choon embarkation_ship_number: A49 public_note: ''
19 Sep 1916: Embarked 4th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Brisbane
13 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 4th Pioneer Battalion
11 Jan 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 4th Pioneer Battalion

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Biography contributed by Claude McKelvey

James Leishman was born about 1876 at Glasgow, Scotland, a son to William Leishman and Margaret Leishman (nee McIntyre). The family relocated to Mount Usher near Rockhampton by the time he enlisted in 1900 for the South African (Boer) War. At the time of his enlistment for WW1 in 1915 he noted on his Attestation Paper that he was married to Florence Leishman, with his funeral notice in 1951 noting they had one child.

He served in both the South African (Boer) War and WW1. First service was as a Private S.N. 288 in the 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, Boer War. Second service was as a Lieutenant in the 4th Pioneer Battalion AIF, WW1.

(sources- AWM Boer War Nominal Roll, Murray p. 485; National Archives Australia- WW1 service record).