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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Labourer by trade, James Campbell was 42 years and married when enlisted on the 4th of July 1916 in the 8th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 6245. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on the 11th of September 1916. On the 9th of January 1917 admitted to 1st A.F.A. Bronchitis and Scabies; on the 4th of October 1917 wounded in action and admitted 64th Field Ambulance Shot Wound Head; on the 6th of October 1917 transferred to 11th General Hospital, Camiers. On the 10th of May 1918 admitted to Hospital, sick and admitted to 2nd A.F.A. Lumbago. Embarked for return to Australia per 'Port Darwin' on the 12th of June 1919. Disembarked at Melbourne on the 27th of July 1919 and discharged from the A.I.F. at Melbourne on the 10th of September 1919 with the Termination of Period of Enlistment. Tree No. 2468