James HEFNER (1896-1917)


John Hefner


Private: 2188 James HEFNER.

Born: March 1893. Wallsend via Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:36423/1893 .

Died: 10th February 1917.Killed in Action Armentieres, France.

Father: Phillip Hefner. (18..-1963) died Newcastle, N.S.W. Death Cert:36737/1963.

Mother: Ellen Hefner. nee: Collins. (1857-15/04/1927) died Wallsend, N.S.W. Death Cert:9135/1927.


James Hefner enlisted with the 3rd Reinforcements 35th Battalion AIF on the 1st of May 1916 at Lambton Recruitment Depot and went into camp at the Newcastle show Ground. James left Australia from Sydney on board HMAT A68 "Anchises" on the 24th of August 1916 and disembarked at Devonport England on the 26th October. Here the Battalion entrained to the durrington Army Camp at Larkhill ehre they settled down to hard training, which included Route Marching, Trench Digging, Bomb Practice, Musketry and General Camp Routine with the 9th Training Battalion. The Battalion left Larkhill on the 21st November and entrained at Amesbury for Southampton, embarking on the S.S "Arundel". The transport section left by S.S. "Princess Victoria". The Battalion arrived at Le Harve, France on the 22nd November 1916. Disembarkation commenced at 8:00am and the Battalion marched to No;1 camp on the Hill, arriving at 2:00pm. The men carried heavy loads, in some cases amounting to miniature Q.M.' Stores. The march over cobblestones was very tiring, notwithstanding the many route marches which had been carried out at Larkhill. However, after bathing their feet and receiving treatment, as well partaking of a good meal, some spent a comfortable night.

The Reinforcements were moved to the lines and at Armientieres James was Killed in Action on the 10th of February 1917 and is remembered with honour and is commemerated in perpetuity by the Commonweath War Graves Commission at the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France .

Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, France


Framed Certificate from the Grand United Order of Free Gardeners of Australasia, Royal Oak Lodge No:9. Presented to James Hefner, who served for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1918 was acquired in 2004 and is now in the Harrower Collection.


Family Information

James was a Fireman with the New South Wales Railways and lived with his mother Ellen in Robert Street, Plattsburg, New South Wales upon enlistment. James was educated at the Wallsend Superior Public School. His parents Phillip and Ellen Hefner were married in 1872 at Newcastle, N.S.W. Marriage Cert:2885/1872 and had 6 children. Arthur Hefner born 1886 at Wallsend, N.S.W. Birth Cert:31758/1886. John Hefner born 1891 at Wallsend, N.S.W. Birth Cert:35914/1891. James Hefner born 1893 at Wallsend, N.S.W. Birth Cert:36423/1893. Philip James Hefner died 1946 at Wallsend, N.S.W. Death Cert:22419/1946. Sydney Walter Hefner died 1970 at Hamilton, N.S.W. Death Cert:16333/1970. Clara Maude Hefner died 1976 N.S.W. Death Cert:101212/1976.

Cousin; Private: 2173 Valentine Frederick IDSTEIN. 35th Battalion AIF. Dairy Farmer, Blandford, N.S.W.

Sandgate Cemetery

Grave of Ellen Hefner, mother of James.

Military Records

Commonwealth of Australia (National Archives of Australia)

Under Construction; 12/11/2004-04/05/2015.

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