Langley, James

Langley, James Alexander Robert (Lance Corporal)

James was born at Petersburg (Peterborough), South Australia on 2nd April 1892, the third son of Charles & Mary Langley (nee Lister) of Nangkita.

He attended the Nangkita Public School.

Aged 23 years and 3 months, he enlisted at Keswick on 16th July 1915.

James’ Service Record lists him as being single and a labourer, who was 5’ 9½ ” (1.75 metres) tall, weighed 74 Kgs, of fair complexion with blue eyes & light brown hair. His religion was listed as Methodist.

He served in France with the 10th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement AIF and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 8th June 1916. James was killed in action at Pozieres, France on 24th July 1916, aged 24 years. He has no known grave.

His mother died in 1925 aged 65 years, and his father in 1926 aged 77 years. They are buried in the Currency Creek Cemetery.

Newspapers in 1916 described him as having a bright and happy disposition, and natural courtesy which endeared him to all who knew him.

 

References: “A Guide Behind The Lines” by Richard Kleinig, trove.nla.gov.au, War Service Records booklet by Colleen McKenzie (nee Langley)