Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
3/11/1915- Completed Medical Examination Albany, WA
6/11/1915- To 55 Depot Blackboy Hill WA as Private
9/11/1915- To 2nd Field Artillery Battery 13th Reinforcements Maribyrnong VIC as Gunner
3/02/1916- To Overseas Training camp Egypt ex Australia
10/02/1916- To No. 3 Division Ammunition Column Cairo Egypt as Gunner
19/03/1916- Appointed Driver Zeitoun Egypt
2/04/1916- Disembarked Marseilles France ex Alexandria Egypt
14/11/1916- To 1st Division Ammunition Column France ex Australian General Base Depot
12/01/1917- Transferred 1st Field Artillery Battery in the field France
1/02/1917- Admitted 5th General Hospital France ( Defective Vision ) – ex 1at Australian Field Ambulance ex 36th Casualty Clearing Station
13/02/1917- Transferred to Permanent Base England ex Australian General Base Depot France
16/08/1917- To No. 2 Command Depot Weymouth England for Return to Australia
19/04/1919- Did not embark for Australia per ” Marathon “, although Army Records state same
7/09/1919- Disembarked Fremantle WA ex England per ” Demosthenes ”
9/11/1919- Discharged from Service ( Permanently Medically Unfit )
SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED
British War Medal – No. 7149
Victory Medal – No. 7121
Refer articles in the Bunbury Herald and Blackwood Express of Tuesday 9 November 1920.
James Patrick McNAMARA survived the rigours of the Great War , to then sadly be killed in the Wokalup Timber Train Disaster on 6 November 1920.
The heavily loaded Timber Train with Tender and 28 Trucks , suffered problems with its braking system, and left the rails at high speed near Wokalup on Saturday night at 9.20p.m.
McNAMARA was one of 9 men killed in the disaster, whilst 2 lucky men who were in the last truck, remained uninjured , because the last 2 trucks did not leave the rails.