Photograph depicts Private James Batson, service no. 6778, an unmarried farmer from Nhill who enlisted on 25 August 1916, aged 30. He spent many months based at the Royal Park then Ascot Vale camps in Melbourne, including a time in medical isolation due to bout of mumps, before he embarked on 11 May 1917. He served in France from November 1917, after after the war's end was diagnosed with scabies (noted then as a 'venereal disease'). He left England bound for Australia in January 1919.

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Private James Batson, No.6778, 24th battalion 1st Australian Infantry Forces, before embarkation during World War I.

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