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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

James HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL

Born 18 December 1897 in London, England [21] [30]
Son of Christopher Henry HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL [34]
Farmhand on his father's farm in Winchester, Western Australia in 1914 [30: item 3018330]
Following his father's return to England to serve in the Navy he remained in Western Australia with H. Randolph CHRISTIE [34]
Presumably resided with H. Randolph CHRISTIE on Felton Mains Farm in Carnamah and then Lucerne Farm in Serpentine [34]
Midland Railway Company correspondence reveals that by September 1915 he had disappeared [34]
Later in 1915, with the help of a detective, he was found working as a groom at a Mr FOY's stables in Beaufort Street, Perth [34]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 19 May 1916 [30: item 3018330]
Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 4½ inches tall, weighed 188 pounds and was of fair complexion with blue eyes and dark brown hair [30]
Gave his father as his next of kin, his father's address stated to be "C/- Mrs Woodhead, 44 Charing Cross, London, England" [30]
Embarked Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A16 Port Melbourne on 30 October 1916 [30]
Disembarked from the Port Melbourne in Devonport, England on 28 December 1916 [30]
After military training in Codford, Wiltshire, England proceeded to France on the on the steamship Victoria on 4 February 1917 [30]
Private 2626 in the 12th Light Trench Mortar Battery of the 48th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
In France on 8 June 1917 he was Wounded in Action; admitted to a field hospital in France before being returned to England [30]
On 14 June 1917 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for courageously preventing a shell from exploding [18]
His prevention of the shell exploding saved a number of his comrades lives and also a large quantity of shells [18]
Treated in England for a severe gunshot wound to his back before being returned to Australia [30]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 30 January 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Married Minnie Elizabeth HOLLAND in Perth in 1923 [66]
Resided of late in Perth [2]
Died 6 August 1967; cremated at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]
Also known as James Hoskyns ABRAHALL [30]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Hoskyns-Abrahall' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/james-hoskyns-abrahall [reference list]




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