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Private James Keith Yaxley died in 26 General Hospital, Etaples, France, of gunshot wounds in arm and thigh, on July 28, 1916. He was the youngest son of the late Matthew and Susan Yaxley of Pleasant View, Forth, Tas. He left Claremont camp on September 27, 1913, for Egypt, and was encamped at Heliopolis until March 28, 1916, when he was moved on to France. He received his education at the Forth State school, which has become famous for the number of names on its roll of honour. Some 50 past scholars are now serving the Empire at the front, which is a splendid record.

After leaving school he followed up agricultural pursuits. Prior to enlistment he was working in his brother in-law's (Mr. Geo. Roddam's) orchard at Middleton, D'Entrecasteaux Channel. His brother Gordon, late of Spreyton, has arrived in England, on his way to the front, and many relatives are now in the battleline, including his cousin, Private Elijah Yaxley, a Penguin lad, who has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. He leaves five brothers and five sisters.

The Mercury 11 August 1916















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