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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: James Cain
Name: Cain, James Laurence
Also known as: Jim or Jimmy
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2060
Place of Birth: Port Wakefield (S.A.)
Next of Kin: Thomas and Margaret Cain - Parents ; Hergott Springs, S.A.
Biographical notes: Thomas Cain arrived in Port Darwin on ss ‘Changsa’ on 29 June 1898 with his wife Margaret Cain and five of their youngest children (Cyril Francis, Olive Mary, (Arthur) Norman, James (Jim) Laurence & Roy Augustine) to take up a position with the Palmerston – Pine Creek Railway. John Michael and Joseph joined them at a later date. Thomas was to spend fourteen years working as the District Maintenance Foreman before leaving to take up a similar position with the Great Northern Railway at Hergott Springs, South Australia in 1912. Another child, Leo was born in 1900. The family quickly integrated itself within the community, due largely to the musical abilities of Thomas and at least four of the children, performing at events with the Palmerston Musical and Dramatic Society. The children participated in fancy dress parades, and as they matured, joined various sporting clubs such as the Palmerston Cricket club and Palmerston Rifle Club. Jimmy received his education mainly in the Northern Territory. On leaving school he entered the locomotive workshops at 2½ Miles, where he learned the fitting branch of the engineering trade, eventually graduating as leading fitter. He was a born mechanic and had a brilliant future before him. When war was declared four of the boys enlisted: Joseph (Joe), (Arthur) Norman, Cyril Francis and James Laurence better known as Jim who was the only one killed in action.
Occupation: Engineer
Date of Enlistment: 22-Mar-1915
Age at Enlistment: 30
Place of Enlistment: Townsville (Qld.)
Unit: 9th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1916-04-20
Place of Death: Rouge de Bout (France)
Place of Burial: Rue-du-Bacquerot, 13th London Graveyard (France)
Memorials: Darwin Cenotaph
Service History: James left Darwin on the 'Montoro' bound for Brisbane where he joined the 9th Battalion. The Unit embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A55 'Kyarra' on 16 April 1915. He joined the Battalion on Gallipoli 27 June 1915. Sent to hospital on 29 August 1915. Rejoined Battalion 8 January 1916. Embarked on 'Saxonia' at Alexandria 27 March 1916. Disembarked Marseilles 3 April 1916. 9th Battalion War Diary, 20 April 1916: "At 1315 today the billets occupied by C Company were subjected to heavy bombardment by the enemy : fifty or sixty shells H.E. were landed in the billet area. Early in the bombardment a shell landed in one of the Caurus Huts wounding four men. Some men ran to the assistance of the wounded and another shell caught them. A subsequent shell struck the wall of the billet (Brick) and accounted for 47 casualties. All were buried in the English Cemetery the same evening...."
Related link: Unit War diary: p.9-11.
"Our boys at the front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 16 March 1916: p.15.
From Anzac to the Hindenburg Line : the history of the 9th Battalion, A.I.F. by Norman K. Harvey. Uckfield, East Essex, U.K. : The Naval & Military Press in association with Imperial War Museum, 2009.
Service Record
Roll of Honour
"Roll of Honor", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 18 May 1916: p.12.
Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : A Concise History of its Conception and Development by Clive Francis Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011: p.38.
PictureNT : Military men
NT Place Names Register: Cain Road
Nominal Roll
"Volunteers for Active Service", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 1 October 1914: p.10.
Campaigning with the fighting 9th (in and out of the line with the 9BN A.I.F.) 1914-1919 by C.M. Wrench. Brisbane : Boolarong Publications for 9th Battalions Association, 1985.
Embarkation Roll - HMAT A55 'Kyarra'
"Our Boys at the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 11 May 1916: p.7.
Commonwealth War Graves - Rue-Du-Bacquerot (13th London) Graveyard, Laventie - James Laurence Cain
Biography of Private James Laurence Cain
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
Appears in Collections:Fallen ANZACs

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