James Henry Barrett was born in Ballarat and was a Blacksmith by trade when he enlisted in the Field Company Engineers, September 1917 Reinforcements on 10 July 1917 at the age of 30. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917. His wife Mary clearly did not want him to leave home, and she wrote to the army pointing out that æhe has been laid up with a weak chest and is also troubled with deafness and I have two children and also am in delicate health myself.' It seems that her plea went unheeded and he trained at Broadmeadows and Seymour before embarking on the Nestor on November 21st 1917 to reinforce the 15th Field Company Engineers. He spent a month at Suez before completing his journey to England. On August 14th 1918 he was posted to the Australian General Base Depot in France where he saw out the final three months of the war. In March 1919 he departed England on the Port Denison, disembarking at Melbourne on May 10th.
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