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James Robert Liddle

  • Service number
    • WWI 600 AWMM
    • 600 Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • Australian Imperial Force Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
  • Last rank
  • War
Somme France
Abbywood 
15th December 1915

James Robert Liddle

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Liddle AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 600 AWMM
    • 600 Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    2nd March 188 Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military file enlistment papers, and death certificate
  • Place of birth
    Auckland New Zealand Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military file and death certificate
  • Birth notes
    3 older siblings, 2 sisters and 1 brother Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - family papers
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 March 1915 AWMM Edendale, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Night watchman Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military files
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Margaret Liddle, Edendale, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 1 March 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Married Florence May Falser Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - family papers

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Battle of Hill 60 battle Amiens Battle Passchendael battle Pozieres battle Hindenburg Line Menin Roa Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • Australian Imperial Force Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
  • Service number
    • WWI 600 AWMM
    • 600 Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
  • Military service
    1915-1919 Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records WW1 diary
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Sergeant - Australian School of Musketry Tidworth England Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records, training manual records

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Liverpool NSW, Australia, 18th Battalion, "B"Company, 5th Brigade, 2nd Division Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - WW1 diary, enlistment papers
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 1 March 1915 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
      Age 27 AWMM
      Cashier/Civilian Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    • WW1 1 March 1915 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
      Age 27 AWMM
      Private Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AIF, 18th Battalion, B Company Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    • Arrived in Australia in 1912.
      Enlisted AIF 28th Febuary 1915, encamped at Liverpool NSW Australia. Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Before enlistment he is noted as being a cashier on enlistment papers.
    New Zealand Native rifles 190 Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
  • Age on enlistment
    • 27 Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records
    • 27 Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - Military records

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Wounded at Gallipoli, 18 September 1915 in the hand, and back of the head by schrapnel on 22 September 1915. He regained consciousness on 26 September 1915 on Embos Island and was then placed on board the hospital ship Assaye for Alexandria Hospital where his wounds were dressed. Also served in France. Was on the staff of the musketry school at Tidworth in England September 1917 - December 1918. AWMM
    • The SS Ceramic embarked in the Suez Canal Egypt. Egypt was the training ground for the Australian and New Zealander, but there other Allies training in Egypt which included,British, French, Zouves, Foreign Legionnaires from Africa, Ghurkhas, Sikhs, British Raj, Levantines, Jews and Greeks. But the ANZACS were the unknown force, as they were not yet proven in battle and without history. The ANZACS were wild, independent of spirit and lacked discipline and respect for the British Hierarchy, none of this wild behavior had ever been witnessed or seen in the history of European battles. These ANZACS were different from allied forces, they were tall, tanned, muscular, and weathered from the outdoor living, including a strange, harsh and outspoken voice and attitude. The ANZACS only listened and respected their own commanding officers, and looked down on the upper class backgrounds of the European classes.
      The training was hot, thirsty, sweaty and physically enduring as the intense heat from the searing sun in the desert turned the men frustrated and mad. The same routine over and over again, were making James bored and mad.
      The ANZACS would visit Cairo for recreation, and James was involved and witnessed the 2nd Wazir riots, 31st July 1915, backing up his mates and brothers in arms, where some of the local prostitutes had robbed ANZACS, a large crowd had gathered, and it was on for young and old. Brothels and buildings were burned to the ground, furniture and belongings thrown out of buildings, prostitutes were injured, local men were thrown out of windows, and the streets were a blaze of fire.
      18th Battalion were in training from Mid June to Mid August, and finally landed on Gallipoli on 22nd August 1915, in the middle of the night. 18th Battalion were committed to the major assault n a small knoll of the battle of Hill 60. It was a low rise of a place in the foothills, and obscured with a heavy fog, as the day progressed bad scrub fires were a blaze, the intneisty of the heat from the fires, and filling the air with acrid smoke, heavy shell fire making fighting conditions murderous.
      James writes...
      22nd August 1915
      4am we are marching around to the firing line, fully equipped, one man carries a shovel and his mate a pick. Just breaking day when we to to the ridge. A lot of dead turks lying around in New Zealanders uniform, stretcher bearers were bringing back the wounded. Turks spot us and open fire on us, every man dropped flat until the fire ceased. Then the signal came to rush to small shallow trench, about 150 yds in front of us. We got there safe and had to crawl or rather drage our selves along and down the slope, several of our men were hit there, Ernest Nunn was hit through the wind pipe and killed our first real casualty, we got to the top of trench with only a few casualties and remained there about 20 min and then got the order to charge where to non one knew. Over we went and were mown down like weeds. A shell burnt and caught Lieut Donaldson in the breast, Capt Lane was along side of him and picked up Lt Donaldson in his arm and held him up and gave him a drink. Pulled out his revolver and emptied into the turks, then laid Donaldson down and picked up a rifle and let go at the Turks for all he was with, Capt Land was already wounded in the Knee. I bayoneted and wounded turks and I was shot in the hand, our casualties were very heavy 50%, then some one shouted retire and we did, I remember no more, I was hit in the head and came to my senses at Embros Island on the 26th August 1915.
      That night of the 26th August brought little respite to 18th battalion as they withdrew from the shallow line front trenches, and their numbers greatly decreased, with Jame's own platoon dwindling from 60 down to 17 men.
      James was wounds were extensive, he sustained a GSW to the hand, GSW to the arm, and the back of his head was hit from shrapnel. Jame's laid unconscious in no mans land for 2 days before stretchers bearers Public - Kylie - Direct descendant - 22 December 2018 - WW1 DIARY
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Death

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