Name: James Hopkins

Birth Date: 1888 Where: New South Wales
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill, Western Australia Age: 27
Serial Number: 96 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Lieutenant

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Medal, Mention in Despatches

 

Photograph Hopkins

Service Details:

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25 February

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium

October

1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

8 November

1916                      Awarded Military Medal

9 December

1916                      Promoted 2nd Lieutenant

February

1917                      Warlencourt

5 February

1917                      Wounded

9 April

1917                      Mention in Despatches

1 March

1918                      Promoted Lieutenant

8 June

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

8 August

1918                      Wounded

22 December

1918                      Returned to Australia

9 May

1919                      Appointment Terminated

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

James Hopkins was born in NSW, around 1887, to James and Jane Hopkins. After his father’s death the family moved to WA.  When he enlisted in 1915 James was working as a bushman in Broome, WA, although for a time he had worked as a jeweler.
On the June 6/7th Trench Raid James was one of Gill’s Scouts. He is No. 6 in the Black ANZACs’ Group photograph.
Soon after the Trench Raid James was promoted to Lance Corporal and then with astonishing rapidity promoted through Corporal and Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant within five months. While still a Corporal James was awarded the Military Medal (MM):
'As a scout, scout Sergeant and latterly as a scout Officer he has done most valuable work and shown an absolute disregard of personal safety.'

In February 1917 James received Gun Shot Wounds (GSW) to his side and chest and was transferred to England for treatment.  It was at this time that he was awarded a Mention in Despatches (MID).
It was over 12 months before James was able to return to his Battalion. While convalescing he was promoted to Lieutenant.
Soon after rejoining his unit, James was given charge of a platoon. It was while in that role that he was again wounded. He was transferred to England for treatment of a GSW to his left leg and a fractured left elbow. His injuries were severe enough for him to be returned to Australia in November and he was Struck off Strength in December 1918.
At some stage in 1918, while in England, James married.  In 1919 James claimed £28 as a refund for the cost of his wife’s passage to Australia.  It is not known if they had children.
In 1939 James applied for Repatriation support on the grounds that he was hospitalised in 1915 with dry pleurisy.  Supporting documents could not be found.
James is thought to have died some time in 1955.