Gordon Carl James

The name G C James appears on the western face of the Mosman War Memorial. George Franki was unable to identify this person when he was compiling his Their Name Liveth for Evermore — Mosman’s Dead in the Great War 1914-1918.

The Trove tagging process turned up the obituary and death notice in the Sydney Morning Herald for Gordon Carl James son of William George and Harriet Livinia (nee Crause) James of Union Street, Mosman.

He joined the SS Quito at Sydney on 21 July 1914 as 4th Engineer. During the war he served in the Merchant Navy.

His obituary appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 22 July 1919.

Mr. W. G. James, of Grosmont, Union-street, Mosman, has received a cable message announcing the death of his youngest son, Gordon, who left Australia in 1914 as an engineer on the steamer Quito. War broke out while she was en route to England. On arrival there he signed on for active service, and performed transport duty in various parts of the world during the full period of the war. After the signing of the armistice he joined H.M.T. Karon, engaged in transporting Belgian refugees back to Belgium. He intended to return to his home in Mosman at the close of the work, but contracted a serious illness on this ship, and died in the Fanakerley Hospital, Liverpool, England, on May 8.

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Death Notice, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 June 1919.

Transport Officer's Death, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 1919.

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Seamen, 1859-1936, Ancestry.com

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, Ancestry.com

UK, Campaign Medals Awarded to WWI Merchant Seamen, 1914-1925, Ancestry.com