James Hilton Hotchkis

First Name: 
James
Middle Name: 
Hilton
Last Name: 
Hotchkis
Mother's Name: 
Janet Hotchkis (nee McGeachie)
Father's Name: 
Daniel Hotchkis
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, July 10, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
30th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, May 2, 1938
Place of Death: 
Bulli
Cause of Death: 
Unknown
Details: 

James Hotchkis (Service No 1564) was born in Helensburg, N.S.W. in 1892. He enlisted in the AIF on 10 July, 1915, at the age of 22 years and 11 months. He was a single man and worked as an electrical mechanic.

James embarked for the war from Sydney, on HMAT A72 Beltana, with the 1st Reinforcement, 30th Battalion, on 9 November, 1915. The Troops disembarked at Suez, Egypt, on 11 December, where they undertook training. On 24 January, 1916, James was transferred to A Company, and embarked on the Hororata, for Marseilles, disembarking on 26 June, 1916.

James saw service in France and Belgium. He seems to have been lucky as he has no record of hospital admissions for either illness or wounding.

James was promoted to Corporal in April 1918. On 26th October,1918 he was again promoted, holding the rank of Sergeant.

James returned to Australia, embarking per Miltiades, from Plymouth on 16 June, 1919, arriving back in Australian on 8 August that year.

James was discharged from the AIF on 30th August, 1919.

In 1921 he married Gladys Wilson and together they raised a family in the Illawarra.  

James had a brother, John McGeachie Henderson Hotchkis (Service No 383) and a cousin who both served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HOTCHKIS J H 1564

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