The Fallen Anzac – Sources and Notes

The Fallen Anzac; James Robert Henry McGee

Sources

  • The Coburg Leader (Victoria), Saturday 3 June 1905, p.4 (McGee Neglected Children).
  • National Archives of Australia (recordsearch.naa.gov.au), Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1930, No.2555, James Adams.
  • National Archives of Australia (recordsearch.naa.gov.au), Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1930, No.69228, James Adams.
  • Weekly Times (Melbourne, VIC), Saturday 15 June 1918, p.24 (James Adams).
  • The Argus (Melbourne, Vic), Monday 3 February 1918, p.8 (A Bogus Anzac).
  • Public Records Office Victoria (prov.vic.gov.au), VPRS 515/P1 Central Register of Male Prisoners, 37109, James Adams.
  • Victoria Births, Deaths and Marriages, Deaths, Geelong, 1935/14243, James Adams.

Other Notes

Siblings James, Edward and Ivy McGee all went by the surname Adams – their mother’s married name. Their father, James Edward McGee, was no longer in the picture after he left in 1905.

On enlistment, James’s next of kin was advised as Nurse Adams, or Martha Adams, of Charles Street, Launceston.  Martha also provided written consent for James to enlist when he was 17.

From the Digger History website: ANZAC rosettes (red white and blue) were worn by men who had enlisted in 1914 or early in 1915 and were on “ANZAC Leave” from mid-1918.  The rosette was worn so that apparently able-bodied men would not be accused of shirking their duty. While in uniform it was worn on the left upper sleeve under the colour patch. Also worn on civilian clothing.

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