Gunner James Fahey
St Patrick’s Catholic School Roll of Honour
Born: 1884 - Pakenham, Victoria Enlisted: 10 August 1915 aged 31 years
Unit: 1st Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement (SERN: 1695) Served: Egypt and the Western Front
Died: 2 April 1954 - Carlton, Victoria
The next Fahey brother to enlist was James, the eldest, who joined up in August 1915, shortly after his brother Thomas (1). Like Thomas, James enlisted at Liverpool in NSW. He was working as a labourer at the time. Initially, James was allocated to the 11th Reinforcement, 1st Light Horse Reserve Regiment. Once in Egypt, he was transferred as a gunner to the artillery. Eventually, he was assigned to the 110 Howitzer Battery, serving on the Western Front. Late in the War, he was hospitalised for a stomach condition (2).
After the War, James returned to Victoria, where he lived with his twice-widowed mother in Carlton (3). He worked as a labourer and continued to live in Carlton for the rest of his life. He never married. James died on 2 April 1954, and was buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery (4).
(1) & (2) NAA B2455, FAHEY, J
(3) Ancestry.com.au - Electoral Roll - Melbourne - Carlton South 1925, p. 6
(4) The Age 3/4/1954 p. 20