Private James Albert Haigh enlisted 23 August 1916.

He was a single 21 year old engine cleaner from Parramatta. His Mother, Mrs Margaret Haigh lived in Church Street, Parramatta. He embarked aboard the HMAT Argyllshire A8 from Sydney on 31 October 1916. He served as part of the 24 Infantry Battalion. He suffered an accidental gunshot wound to his left side and arm on 2 August 1917, which resulted in his left arm being amputated. He was transferred to England aboard the St Andrew on 13 August 1917. On 14 August 1917 he was transferred to Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, England, for treatment to his wounds. He returned to Melbourne, Australia, aboard the HMAT Corinthic on 3 March 1918. He was discharged on the grounds of being medically unfit on 3 April 1918.


Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2018