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Foley, James Michael (1819)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 27 years

Enlistment Details: Friday, 3 March 1916 – Fremantle, WA

Service Number: 1819            view online service record

22 Norfolk Street
Fremantle, WA

Next of Kin:
Annie Foley (mother)
22 Norfolk Street
Fremantle, WA

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 9 August 1916
Ship: HMAT Miltiades A28
Port: Fremantle, WA
Unit: 44th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Reinforcments

DOW: Saturday, 7 July 1917
Place: 11th Casualty Clearing Station, France

Brother: Frederick Charles Foley

Private, 44 Infantry, died of wounds 7 July, 1917, France, aged 29, commemorated Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Parents: James and Annie FOLEY, born Port Melbourne, educated Christian Brothers?, 37 Station Street. He enlisted as a 27-year-old wharf labourer with his mother in Fremantle. A brother eight years younger, 4117, Frederick Charles FOLEY was also born in Port Melbourne suggesting the Christian Brothers schooling may have been in Melbourne. The Port Melbourne Standard, 28 July, 1917 carried a Death Notice inserted by cousins living locally.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


1917 ‘Family Notices’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 28 July, p. 2. , viewed 04 Aug 2017,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 14, 2017 9.19 am 0Likes

    “Re the death of J.M. Foley of our Battn. We were in the support lines on a Messines sector the first week in August. On the 2nd or 3rd we had to go for a turn in the front line. Going up the trench I was behind Foley when a shell exploded near us and a piece caught him in the front of the head. Two of his comrades bandaged him up, and he was taken straight to the dressing station. He was then semi-concious. From what I can learn he died at No. 11 C.C.S., 7.7.17, a few days later. In that case he would be buried in one of the soldier’s cemeteries. I have enquired from our R.S.M. about his number and initials and they are the same as the man you enquired about” (Chas. Green, 2162, France, 29.11.1917)

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