BANKS James Oliver
Regiment : 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column Australian Field Artillery
Service number : 15633
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 20th January 1919 aged 25
Buried : Charleroi Communal Cemetery, France, Grave R. 27.
Relatives : Son of Oliver George and Annie Banks
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge St John's Church. Stourbridge Methodist Church.
Credits : Additional information researched and transcribed by The Black Country Society. Australian Service Records researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
James Banks was born in Stourbridge and lived with his parents, Oliver and Annie Banks, in Coventry Street. However, he emigrated to Australia in April 1914 and then volunteered for the Australian Expeditionary Force in 1915. He was serving in the 2nd Division Ammunition Column by 1918 when the Australians had to face the full force of the first German Spring offensive.
James Banks enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 10th January 1916 at The Warren, New South Wales, Australia. On his attestation paper he gave his place of birth as Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England, his age as 22 years 8 months and his occupation as ‘Tannery’. Later in his records he is shown as being a Farmer. His next of kin was given as his sister: Miss A. Banks, 7 Coventry St., Stourbridge, England. James was 5 feet 7 inches tall with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and black hair.
On 14th April 1916 he embarked at Sydney on the “Ceramic” and sailed to Alexandria. F rom Alexandria he embarked on the H.T. Tunisian with the Artillery Detail bound for Marseilles, France on 29th May 1916. After 2 years service in France he was admitted to the 7th Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 3rd January 1919, transferring to the 55th Casualty Clearing Station where he died of influenza on 20th January 1919.
Reference for Australian Service Records: Barcode 3048174 Series Accession No 2002/05081482 Location Canberra
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