James William George PYLE

Year of Birth:  1895

Place of Birth:  Watsonville near Herberton, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  6 January 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  29 June 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Aeneas A60

Rank:  Sergeant

Unit(s):  25th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  210

Died:  29 July 1916


James William George Pyle was born in Watsonville near Herberton on the 4 April 1895 to James Pyle and Clara Trevenen. He was the eldest of 7 children, Rose Evelyn born 1897, Nellie Amelia 1899, Wilma Henrietta 1900, Florence Bertha 1901, Norman Elisha 1903 and Robert James 1906. James’s father died 1909.

On his enlistment in Cairns his age was 19 years 10 months, his occupation a Labourer and his next of kin his mother, Mrs C, Pyle, Bunda St., Cairns. His height was 5 feet 7 inches, weighed 130 pounds with fair complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. His religion was Church of England.

He also served in the AN&MEF in the Far North Queensland Kennedy Regiment, known as the Dirty 500. Members of the Dirty 500, including James, landed on Thursday Island on 16 August 1914 from the troopship “Kanowna”, to take part in the capture of German New Guinea. An incident on board the “Kanowna” involving the firemen forced the immediate return of the troops to Townsville on 18 August 1914; James was discharged the same day.

James fought in the Gallipoli Peninsula and was admitted to the 7th field Ambulance with a Septic Throat and after discharge dissembled on the “Hororata” and disembarked in Marselilles, France.

James William George Pyle was killed in action in France and buried in the Courcelette British Cemetery, Picardie, France.

HMAT Aeneas A60 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial



N AA: B2455


UK Commonwealth War Graves. Ancestry.com


Northern Herald (Cairns)  3 August 1917 p58


Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Aeneas A60, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Pyle James William George, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

AWM Red Cross Wounded & Missing

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

Northern Herald (Cairns) – 3 August 1917 p58 – Roll of Honor


Other Resources

The First Expeditionary Force: the Thursday Island Expedition: a collection of reference documents. Denis Bird, 2015 [CDFHS Library]


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