|Service Number||SN 35269|
|Age of Enlistment||19 years 3 months|
|Place of Enlistment||Perth, WA|
|Place of Birth||Braybrook Junction, Victoria|
|Address History||77 James Street, Guildford, WA|
Roll Rank Gunner.
Roll Unit Field Artillery Brigade 27th Reinf.
O’Grady travelled to Maribyrnong, Victoria for artiller training. He embarked from Melbourne for Suez. He disembarked at Suez 12.12.1918 entrained to Alexandria, joined the BEF and embarked for England. He disembarked at Taranto, Italy 18.12.1918 and then travelled on to England. He disembarked at Southampton 4.1.1919 and marched in to the Artillery Training School at Heytesbury. After a period of intensive training, he proceeded overseas to France via Southampton per HT ‘Heytesbury’ 22.4.1918. O’Grady was taken on strength with the 6th Army Bde. 4.5.1918. The 6th Army Brigade AFA fought at Villers-Bretonneux from March-July 1918. Following Armistice, he marched out for embarkation to England 14.5.1919. On demobilisation, he was granted leave with pay, to attend training at the Buckingham Gate Motor Garage 18.7.1919 – 18.10.1919. on completion of his training he marched out for return to Australia
Embarked per HT 'Ypiranga' 15.11.1919
Returned/ Disembarked Fremantle 26.12.1919.
Final Rank Gunner, 6th Army Field Artillery Bde.
Medical Condition NK.
Awards and Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Notes Brothers Albert (SN 6626) and Leonard (SN 29473) also served in WW1.
Photos HMAT 'Port Sydney' A15. Originally Star of England. Photographer unknown, photograph AWM C02483
Ruins of Chateau near Villers-Bretonneux, sourced AWM E02983
HMAT 'Ypiranga'. 1919. Photograph sourced from canungra answered the call
AWM C02483. HMAT 'Port Sydney' A15. Originally Star of England. Photographer unknown, photograph sourced from the Pictprial Collection of the Australian War Memorial
AWM E02983. Ruins of Chateaux near Villers-Bretonneux 1918. Photograph sourced from the Pictorial Collection of the Australian War Memorial
AWM Embarkation Rolls James O’Grady
Canugra answered the call. HMAT 'Ypiranga'. 1919. Photograph sourced from website, http://canungraansweredthecall.org.au/portfolio-posts/stewart-franklin
Guildford War Memorial
NAA: B2455 O’Grady James
Wise H. and Coy. Western Australian Post Office Directories. SLWA
77 James St. Guildford. WA.
HMAT 'Port Sydney' A15. Originally' Star of England'. Photographer unknown, photograph AWM C02483
Artillery line at Villers-Bretonneux 1918. Photographer unknown, photograph source AWM E02926
Ruins of Chateaux near Villers-Bretonneux 1918. Photograph sourced AWM E02983