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McPherson, James Joseph

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 26 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Thursday, 4 March 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number:view online service record

cnr Wando Grove & Hughenden Road
St Kilda East, VIC

Next of Kin:
Ethel May McPherson (wife)
“Alverton”, cnr Wando Grove & Hughenden Road
St Kilda East, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 29 December 1915
Ship: HMAT Demosthenes A64
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion – 13th Reinforcements

KIA: Tuesday, 12 June 1917
Place: Belgium

Captain, 46th Infantry, killed in action 12 June, 1917, Belgium, aged 29, commemorated Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium  

(Parents : Donald Murray (late) and Mrs Lyle McPHERSON, wife : Mrs Ethel May McPHERSON, born Port Melbourne (corner Bridge and Derham streets). He enlisted as a 27 year-old clerk with his wife at “Alverton”, corner of Wando Grove and Hughenden Roads, East St Kilda, Second Lieutenant on embarkation.  No circular returned, eyewitnesses suggested he was hit by shrapnel in the abdomen and head near Messines and died before he could be taken to a Dressing Station. He was buried but his remains were not found post-war, no known grave)

Additional Research by Brian Membrey

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