Pte
James Herbert Costelloe

Information about birth

Date of birth:
09/08/1897
Place of birth:
Currabubula, New South Wales, Australia

General information

Profession:
Farm Labourer

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
234
Enlistment date:
07/03/1916
Enlistment place:
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 1st Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
07/11/1917
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
20

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Private James Herbert Costelloe, a former farm labourer, served in the 1st Battalion Australian Infantry, which was part of the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade, 1st Australian Division.

On the 5th of November 1917 the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade relieved the 3rd Australian Brigade on the front line. The 1st Australian Infantry Battalion was placed in reserve on Anzac Ridge, with its headquarters at Anzac House. On 7 November the 1st Battalion was improving communications trenches when they were shelled. The War Diary mentions that 5 other ranks were killed between the 5th and the 13th of November. Private James Herbert Costelloe was among them. He was likely killed in the artillery barrage on the 7th of November. His grave was not identified after the war.

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Sources 6

[n.n.] The history of the First Battalion A.I.F. 1914-1919, p. 83-84.
Sources used
AIF-Project
https://aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=63602
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1598506/costelloe,-james-herbert/
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Discovering Anzacs
http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
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National Archives of Australia
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/
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The Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/advanced-search
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