Local War Vet Honoured

As part of the Remembrance Day Ceremony held on Sunday 10 November at the Erica Memorial Public Hall, a tribute was paid to a former Walhalla and Moondarra resident, James Moloney.

Trafalgar RSL tribute to James Moloney 10 Nov 2019

(Note: prepared from speaker’s notes, edited for clarity purposes)

“Today we remember a veteran from world war one, JAMES MOLONY,
Service Number 7479.

This veteran came to our attention through our (RSL) Facebook site.

James joined the Army on 21st July 1915 at the age of 22 years and
9 months.

James was born at Walhalla and was raised his mother, Mrs M. Moloney,
at Moondarra.

James left Melbourne on board His Majesty’s Australian Transport
(HMAT) A11 – ASCANIUM on 10th November 1915.

Areas of service were:

  • Training after arriving in Egypt on 26th December 1915
  • Transferred to 5th Australian Division Training on 19th January 1916
  • Attached to 5th Australian Division France at Matras.
  • He was then taken on strength to 46th Battalion at Tupan on 3rd March 1916.

He then served with various units until he was given leave in England. He left France on 2nd September 1918 and then returned to his unit on 18th September 1918.

James as a driver was gassed, as many were in that type of warfare, and
he was ‘Returned To Australia’ (RTA) on board HT ARMAGH on 5th April 1919 and arrived in Australia on 18th of May 1919.

James Moloney is buried in the Moondarra Cemetery at Erica.

The Trafalgar sub-branch has placed a metal poppy on the head-stone of his grave in memory of his service to Australia.