Sanford James

SURNAME Sanford
NAME James
PLACE-BIRTH Red Hill, Brisbane QLD
OCCUPATION Labourer
PLACE-ENLISTMENT Cairns QLD
DATE-ENLISTMENT 12/02/1916
NEXT-OF-KIN (mother) Mrs Emily Sanford, Reid Street Wolloongabba South Brisbane QLD
LINK-TO-DOUGLAS SHIRE Shire Honour Board lists J Sandford. We cannot find a J Sandford. This soldier James Sanford, enlisted Cairns is the closest match.
REGIMENT-1 9th Battalion AIF
REGIMENT-2 3rd Training Battalion Egypt & England
RANK Private
CAMPAIGN-1 Egypt
CAMPAIGN-2 Western Front
KILLED-IN-ACTION No, but died after discharge from tumour sustained while in action
DATE-DISCHARGED 18/04/1918
OTHER-INFO Military Medal 31/10/1917 awarded 14/12/1917; British War Medal No.39149; Victory Medal No.38828
STORY-OUTLINE James Sanford (aka Sandford) enlisted at Cairns in February 1916 and embarked 4/5/1916 Brisbane on HMAT "Seang Choon" A49 and marched in to 3rd Training Battalion Egypt thence to Perham Downs Camp, Salisbury England. On 16/10/1916 he arrived at Étaples France and joined the 9th Battalion the following January. On 31/10/1917 he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery at Polygon Wood, Ypres in Belguim (see "Northern Herald" 21/11/1918). He received a wound to the thigh for which he was sent back to hospital in England in December 1917. Returning to France and after only eight weeks in the field a tumour to his thigh wound forced him back to England. Discharged on 1st April 1918 he embarked 21/04/18 HMAT 'Suevic' A29 from England and arrived 7/06/1918 and on 24 September 1918 died at the 6th Australian General Hospital Kangaroo Point and was buried in Toowong Cemetery Brisbane QLD. James Sanford's name is located at panel 57 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial. If you believe the Sandford J listed on the Shire Honour Board is someone else, please contact us
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