The Youngest ANZAC
He had convinced recruiting that he was 18 years of age, when in fact, at enlistment he was 14 years and three months.
Jim landed at Gallipoli on 8 September 1915 as part of the 21st Battalion and saw action near Courtney’s Post. He wrote very few letters home to his family, however he did indicate that all was well. Being so young it is difficult to research his life prior to enlistment.
On 25 October 1915, Jim was evacuated to the hospital ship ‘Glenart Castle’ due to the effects of typhoid fever. He passed away from heart failure that same evening and was buried at sea. His name is recorded on the Lone Pine Memorial.
Want to know more: read the book ‘Soldier Boy’ written by Anthony Hill
Source: Australian War Memorial Website
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