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James Rooney was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Labourer when he enlisted in the Machine Gun Company 10, Reinforcement 12 on 12 May 1917 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917. On 1 April 1918 he proceeded overseas to France via Dover with the 21st Battalion. On 21 May 1918 he was wounded in action and invalided to the UK, where he was admitted to the War Hospital in Stratford on Avon for a severe gunshot wound to his right shoulder. He was invalided to Australia on 8 February 1919 aboard the Somali.
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