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Born in Nirranda, Victoria and a Warrant Officer, Instructional Staff/soldier by trade, James Patrick Beattie was 40 years when enlisted on the 23rd of February 1916 in the Field Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 22, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Lieutenant. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 'Hororata' on the 23rd of November 1916. 9 years R.A.G.A. Gunner and 11 years instructional staff. Admitted to Reading War Hospital, Reading, England for gunshot wound back, arm, leg severe on the 2nd of October 1917 and on the 14th of October 1917 gunshot wound left arm, hip, leg. On the 28th of December 1917 wounded in action 2nd occasion (gassed) – the effects of gas severe. Promoted Captain from Unit: 12th Artillery Battery AFA on the 10th of January 1918. Appointed Lieutenant on the 1st of July 1916 and 2nd Lieutenant on the 23rd of February 1916. Promoted Captain on the 10th of January 1918. Embarked return to Australia per H.T. 'Macedonia' England ex England on the 31st of January 1919 and discharged on the 11th of February 1920. On the 1st of December 1919 re-embarked at Bombay per H.T. 'Medic' ex 'Macedonia'. Disembarked at Melbourne on the 27th of December 1919. Discharged from the A.I.F. at Melbourne on 11th of February 1920 with the termination of period of enlistment. War Service: South Africa. Quarter Master Sergeant 3rd Victorian Bushmans Contingent 1900-1901 sixteen months. Lieutenant 6th Battalion A.C.H., 3 months 1902. Tree No.2696