30/10/1915- Completed Medical Examination Bunbury WA
8/11/1915- To 35 Depot as Private
27/11/1915- To No. 4 Depot Battalion “A” Company
16/12/1915- To 16th Battalion 14th Reinforcements
2/04/1916- Transferred 48th Battalion in the field Serapeum Egypt
9/06/1916- Disembarked Marseilles France ex Alexandria Egypt
31/08/1916- KILLED  IN  ACTION between Mouquet Farm and Pozieres,  France


Service Medals Awarded

British War Medal – No. 31411

Victory Medal – No. 31187

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 316540










Memorial Inscriptions

Dardanup War Memorial WA

Villers-Brettoneux War Memorial France

Australian War Memorial Canberra- Panel No. 146.


BROTHER-  ROSS,  Mervyn- Service No. 1040,   32nd Battalion,  Killed in Action Fromelles France,  19/07/1916.


*** Special thanks to Ross BYDDER, for additional information on the ROSS Brothers, who were his Great Uncles. Ross has James’ War Diary , in which he states that he met up with his brother Mervyn  on 11 July 1916 ( 9 days before his death ). James was then tragically lost on 31 August 1916 in battle between Mouquet Farm and Pozieres, France.
It is almost certain that Mervyn is one of the unidentified bodies ,recovered from the mass grave near Fromelles, which are awaiting positive DNA identification, prior to being interred  in an official War Grave in the purpose built  Pheasant Wood Cemetery Fromelles France. ***