James Fairburn FAIRLEY


FAIRLEY, James Fairburn

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 August 1914
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: Unspecified British Units
Born: Wodonga, Vic., 27 August 1888
Home Town: Moonee Ponds, Moonee Valley, Victoria
Schooling: Ballarat School of MInes; Melbourne University
Occupation: Cerebral Surgeon
Died: Cerebral Hemorrhage as a complication of Para-Typhoid Fever, France, 9 November 1915, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
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Memorials: Inglewood War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1914: Enlisted Captain, SN Officer
Date unknown: Involvement Captain, Unspecified British Units

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of James and Margaret Louisa Fairley, of 177, Moore St., Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia. Cerebral Surgeon.

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Born in Victoria in 1888 and had a brilliant career both at school and at Melbourne University, where he took honours throughout the course of his medical education. He then held house appointments at the General and Children's Hospitals, Melbourne. Proceeding to England he took his Fellowship while acting as Senior House Surgeon at St Peter's Hospital for Stone.

He enlisted the day war was declared and joined the RAMC as Temporary Lieutenant on Aug 16th, 1914, and in France was for some months on duty with the 31st Heavy Battery. Later he was transferred to the Base Hospital as operating surgeon for cerebral cases, and was making observations on this subject when he developed paratyphoid fever, and so far recovered as to be invalided to England, whence he returned to his post in France as soon as possible and was hard at work when he died suddenly on Nov 9th, 1915, the cause of death - cerebral vascular trouble - being possibly a sequela of the paratyphoid. He had been promoted Captain in the previous August.

Fairley is described as an excellent athlete and an enthusiast in art and music, and, above all, thorough and scientific in his surgical work, which he loved. His portrait accompanies his biography in the Lancet and also appears in the St Bartholomew's Hospital Journal, and his name figures in the Roll of Honour of the Royal College of Surgeons (Calendar, 1919).