James enlisted in the Citizens Military Force (Reserves) with Service Number N19356 on 4 May 1940 and was posted to 33rd Infantry Battalion. He was appointed Acting Corporal on 13 Nov 1941 and transferred to the A.I.F. on 28 Jul 1942. He was posted to the Guerrilla Warfare Centre, Foster on 24 Sept 1942 and reverted to Private at his own request on 30 Oct 1942. He embarked for New Guinea aboard “KATOOMBA” on 17 Feb 1943 and joined the 2/2nd as Trooper in No 2 Sect, “A” Troop on 4 Jul 1943. He was medevac'd to Australia aboard “KATOOMBA” on 12 Apr 1944. After treatment and leave, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 1 Sect, “A” Troop.
He returned to Australia on 27 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 14 Mar 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp
Edited by Peter Epps