James Patrick WHELAN

WHELAN, James Patrick

Service Number: 3602
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia, 28 March 1898
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Postal Official - Mail Sorter
Died: Killed by a train, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 19 May 1920, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Southport Shire Council Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, 3602, 52nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Euripides embarkation_ship_number: A14 public_note: ''
31 Oct 1917: Embarked Private, 3602, 52nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney

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Born 28th March 1898 Mullumbimby NSW Son of George Thomas Whelan and Sarah Jane O'Neill Post Master General's Department - Mail Sorter James served Australia for almost 3 years, being discharged on 20th April 1920. He embarked on the ship A14 Euripides in Sydney 31st October 1917. They disembarked at Devonport in the south of England to train at Codford till May 1918 when he moved to France as part of the 49th Battalion. Several months later he joined the 4th Motor Transport Company. In May 1919 he joined the AIF Graves Registration as part of the 1st Division Monument Party in France. James survived several periods of hospitalisation which was the result of serious diseases at the time. He returned to Australia and was discharged in March 1920. James' life came to an abrupt end when he died tragically when he was run over by a train while in a tunnel on the 19th May 1920. James is buried in Toowoong Cemetery Brisbane. He was awarded the 1914-1918 British War Medal and the 1914-1918 Victory Medal.