James Clifton Summerson

First Name: 
James
Middle Name: 
Clifton
Last Name: 
Summerson
Mother's Name: 
Ada Clara Summerson (nee Shepherd)
Father's Name: 
John Thompson Summerson
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, May 5, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
20th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
14/15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, May 5, 1916
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in Action
Details: 

James Summerson (Service No 1610) was born in Clifton, N.S.W. around 1894.  He enlistment when he was 21 years of age.  James was single, and employed as a miner.  James had also served with the Citizen Militia (CMF).

James embarked from Sydney on HMAT A35 Berrima with the 20th Battalion,  1st Reinforcements on 6th June 1915.  After a short stop in Egypt he arrived on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 16th August 1915, serving there until the evacuation.

James was then sent to France and arrived on 25th March 1916.  While engaged in signalling duties on 5th May 1916 he was shot by a sniper and killed.

James is buried in Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, France.  (Plot IV, Row C, Grave 25).

James brother Sergeant John Summerson (Service No 4252) also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, SUMMERSON JAMES CLIFTON

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