“Court martial sentenced to 28 days in camp”, were some the first words I saw written in the military documents of James Harrison. I wondered what could he have done? Why was he court martialled? So, I flicked through the other pages of the military documents looking for any clues to this mystery. But found nothing.
William James Harrison was 27 when he enlisted for the Australian army. At the time, he had two young children (James and John) and a baby on the way (Edna May). William and his wife Caroline (Rhodes) Harrison lived in James St Paddington. As you can see from the enlistment papers. One of the interesting things for me is the detailed description of his appearance in these papers. As there’s no photos attached in the files.