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James Taysom was a 22 year old bootmaker in Richmond when he enlisted on 17th August 1914. He had been born in Deniliquin, New South Wales. Lance Corporal Taysom, as a member of the 6th Battalion, took part in the Landing at Anzac Cove in the second wave ashore on 25th April 1915. That first day was chaotic – the boats were in the wrong place, and were out of order, and so the troops were mixed up and disorientated The Turks were firing at them with machine guns. Snipers had come down the rough hills through the scrub and were shooting at the officers and junior leaders. Men were falling wounded and dead all around them. Some were dead before the boats reached the shore- others drowned as they were landed in deep water and their heavy packs held them under water.
During this confusion James Taysom was killed. The manner and place of his death are unknown. His death is recorded on the Lone Pine Memorial at Anzac Cove. Tree No. 44, an elm, was planted in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour by Miss Win Hunter, a 'Lucas Girl', on 4th June 1917.