James Hart

First Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Hart
Mother's Name: 
Maria Hart
Father's Name: 
Patrick Hart
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, September 21, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
Pioneers
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

James Hart (Service No 3356) was born in Dapto, N.S.W., around 1890.

At enlistment he was 26 years old, single and worked as a butter packer.

James embarked on HMAT A72 Beltana with the 1st Pioneer Battalion, 8th Reinforcement, on 5th November 1916. He disembarked in England on 22nd January 1917 and then went to France, arriving on 5th April 1917. James joined the 1st Pioneers in the field, on 23rd April. He saw service on the Western Front building and repairing roads, trenches and other essential support systems for the infantry which was under very heavy fire a lot of the time.

James was wounded in action on 15th October 1917 and evacuated to hospital for treatment of a gun shot wound to his head, returning to duty on 14th November 1917. Though his wound was classed as being mild, James was not the same afterward. He was returned to Australia in January 1919, and discharged medically unfit on 5th April 1919.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HART J

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