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Connor, James Andrew    Create Anzac Certificate
Place of Birth: Epping, TAS, Australia

Service Number: 1507

Place of Enlistment: Claremont, TAS, Australia

Next of Kin: Connor, John

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James Andrew Connor
Submitted by: James Andrew Conor

James Andrew Connor, was born on 18th September 1891 at Oatlands, Tasmania, the 2nd of six children.
He attended the Convent School at Oatlands according to his army enlistment papers.
The family were raised in a small farming community and James became a labourer and gardener until he enlisted in the army. He signed an oath to join the Army at Claremont, Tasmania on 3rd December, 1914, following the outbreak of Work War 1.
Description of Andrew from his Army enlistment papers dated 27th November 1914;Age: 23 years 2 monthsHeight: 5 feet 6 1/2 inchesWeight: 144 lbsChest measurement: 33/36 inchesComplexion:  MediumEyes: GreyHair: BrownDistinctive marks: Small mole between shoulder blades.Not vacinated.
James embarked at Melbourne for the Middle East with the 2nd Reinforcements, 12th Infantry Battallion per HMAT "Clan McGillivray" on 2nd February 1915.
James' Statement of Service records that he was "taken on strength" at Gallipolli on 12/7/1915, with the 12th Battallion AIF, where he suffered Tonsilitis on 21/8/1915, and Dysentry on three occasions during which time he was transferred to Field Hospitals for care.
James participated in the famous withdrawal from Gallipolli and disembarked to Malta on 26/12/1915.
Following further bouts of Dysentry and Pyrexia he embarked on the "Caledonia" on 9/5/1915 for France and disembarked on 20/5/1915 at Marsielles, where he  joined the Base Depot.
James rejoined the 12th Battallion on 4/8/1916, however transferred to the 3rd Australian Machine Gun Company on 2/3/1917, and was appointed Lance Corporal on 13/5/1917.
On 8/10/1917 James received a single bullet wound in the head and was transferred to the 18th General Field Hospital on 13/10/1917.
Lance Corporal James Andrew Connor, no 1507, 1st Machine Gun Battalion, who enlisted 3 December, 1914, died of wounds received in action on 19 October, 1917 at 18th General Hospital, Camiers, France.
James' personal effects were returned to the next of kin, John Connor, (Father), at Epping, Tasmania on 1/3/1918. They were:
Disc, Coins 4, Gold ring, 2 French note, value one franc 50 centimes, Silver watch in leather pouch, Card case, Belt, Fountain Pen, Pair of dividers, Wallet, Prayer Book, Book (Thoughts), Letters, Dried Flowers, Photos, Diary, Badges 6, Metal ring.
James is interred in plot 30, row E, grave 1.1 at Etaples Military Cemetery, France

                                        In Memory of
                       Lance Corporal James Andrew Connor
                      3rd Coy, Australian Machine Gun Corps.,
                               Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
                       who died on Friday, 19th October 1917.

      Lance Corporal CONNOR was the son of John and Elizabeth Connor, of Belle Vue, Epping,          Tasmania.

                                   Rembered with honour
                 ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.

Medals issued are:1914 / 15 StarBritish War MedalVictory Medal

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