Private James John Hartnett enlisted on 12 September 1914.

He was a single 27 year old boot maker when he enlisted. He lived with his mother Mrs N Hartnett in Waterloo, Sydney, New South Wales. He was Roman Catholic. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT Ulysses A38 from Melbourne on 22 December 1914. On 2 May 1915 he suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle at Gallipoli. He was falsely reported as having died of his wounds on 29 May 1915, however he was still alive. He had attempted to send his mother several telegrams from Egypt and Fremantle to confirm he was still alive, however they never reached her. On 31 July 1915 he was invalided to Australia.

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Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2016