Year of Birth:  1889

Place of Birth:  Lancashire, England

Date of Enlistment:  15 August 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  7 October 1916, Sydney, NSW

Ship:  HMAT Ceramic A40

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  52nd Australian Infantry Battalion – 2 to 9 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  2685

Died:  2 April 1917


James Kershaw was born c1890 in Reddish, Lancashire, England to William Kershaw and Emily Massey. William and Emily were married 25 April 1886 in Reddish. In 1901 James was still living in Lancashire with his siblings, William, James, Edith and Lilliam. His father William worked on the cotton mill machines.  James attended the Reddish Day School.

After his arrival in Queensland James made several attempts to join the army and after undergoing an operation was successful with his application.

On his enlistment in Cairns his gave his age as 27 years 3 months, occupation a Salesman and next of kin his mother Mrs Emily Kershaw, 152 Gorton Road, Stockport, England. His height was 5 feet 4 inches, weighed 136 pounds with fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His religion was Methodist.

James Kershaw was killed in action, Bapaume, Somme Sector, France 2 April 1917, no known grave.  He is remembered on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.

HMAT Ceramic A40 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA B2455 Letter from his friend


Cairns Post 22 May 1917 p4


Online Resources

Photograph of the:  HMAT Ceramic A40, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, James Kershaw , National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Cairns Post 22 May 1917 p4


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