James GAVIN

James Gavin Photo:
State Library of Queensland
Birthplace
Jondaryan
Resided
Crows Nest
Occupation
Station Hand
Enlisted
09-July-1915
Place
Enoggera
Age
29
Status
Single
Service No
482
Rank
Private
Unit
31st Battalion, B Company
Embarked
09-November-1915
Place
Melbourne
Active Service
Egypt, Western Front
Highest rank
Lance Corporal
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
How Died
Killed in action
Date
19 July 1916
Place
Fromelles, France
Cemetery or Memorial
Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, France
Notes

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial and Crows Nest War Memorial.

 

Brother of 1566 Trooper George Gavin, 2341 Trooper John Joseph Gavin, 3261 Private Patrick Joseph Gavin and 3262 Private Stephen Gavin.

 

James Gavin arrived in France from Egypt in June 1916. Three weeks later he was killed in action at Fromelles. AIF casualties were 5,533 officers and men killed, wounded and missing. It remains the worst 24 hours in Australian military history.

About 100 Australians killed that day, including James Gavin, were buried at Eaton Hall Cemetery later re-named Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery.