James had been a Sergeant in 5th Battalion, Australian Military Forces (Militia) prior to enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 13 Mar 1941. He was appointed Lieutenant 16 Jan 1942 with the Australian Army Service Corps. Transferred to the unit at Larrimah, N.T. and after reorganization, embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding the Transport Section, Headquarters Group, aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943. As the unit had no transport, the Transport Section was used as another Troop. He was Medevac aboard Australian Hospital Ship "MANUNDA" on 26 Dec 1943 and was discharged on 2 Apr 1944.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps