James Henry Addis

First Name: 
James
Middle Name: 
Henry
Last Name: 
Addis
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, August 9, 1881
Mother's Name: 
Hannah Addis nee Taylor
Father's Name: 
James Addis
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, July 15, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Victoria
Details: 

James Addis (Service No 3006) was born at Elmore, Victoria.

At enlistment James was single, 35 years old, and worked as a farm labourer on the South Coast of N.S.W.   James' sister, Mrs M Risk, of Port Kembla, N.S.W. was listed as his next-of-kin.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A70 Ballarat with 10th Reinforcements, 13th Battalion, on 6th September 1915.  It is not clear if James served on Gallipoli, but he joined 13th Battalion in Egypt on 4th March 1916.

James arrived in France on 8th June 1916 as a member of 2nd platoon, A Company, 13th Battalion.

On 29th August, 1916, while engaged with enemy troops on the front line at Mouquet Farm, he was hit by a bomb and sustained wounds to his left foot and thigh.  Unable to get away, James was laying in a shell hole when he was taken prisoner the next morning.

As a prisoner-of-war, James received medical treatment for his severe wounds, and on 16th February 1918, after intervention from the American Consulate, was transferred to Holland for repatriation.

He was admitted to hospital in England on 23rd February 1918 and after more treatment was returned to Australia in August 1918.

As a result of his wounds, James was discharged medically unfit on 13th December 1918.

He died in Victoria in 1928.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ADDIS J H

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