James Robert Flynn
Serial No. 507A
6th Machine Gun Company &10th Machine Gun Company
James Robert Flynn - Information
James belonged to a Burragorang family, where he was born and raised. When the war began, he was still living in Burragorang and working as a teacher. In 1915, James’ older brother, John, joined up and left for war. James then enlisted in Melbourne on the 16th of October 1916, aged 20. Becoming a Private with the 8th Reinforcements, 6th Machine Gun Company at the MG Depot in Seymour, he was then shipped out. He departed Melbourne on the 16th of December 1916 onboard the HMAT Medic.
James disembarked in Plymouth in mid February 1917. The following month, he was marched into the Machine Gun Training Depot in Grantham. In June, he was shipped to the Western Front and was taken on strength to the 10th Machine Gun Company. James spent the war providing vital fire coverage for operations. On the 11th of August 1918, he was appointed Temporary Corporal. He survived the war and left for his journey back to Australia on the 12th of June 1919.