Indigenous Australian, James BUDSWORTH, 8th Squadron, 2nd Australian Remount Unit.
Trooper James Budsworth, was born in Narrabri, NSW in 1874 and was working as a ploughman for Jondaryan Station, Qld when he enlisted in Brisbane, 10 November 1915.
He was assigned to the 2nd Australian Remount Unit, and was in the company of several well known Queensland horsemen, Harry Hawkins, Charles Pillott, and James Hubbard, sailing for the Middle East a very short time after.
Budsworth was hospitalised with Mumps shortly after his arrival in Egypt, but rejoined his unit two weeks later. Although never in the front lines, the Remount units were the back bone of the mounted infantry, breaking in, caring for, and supplying Regiments with the mounts they were renowned for.
Budsworth developed an ulcer on his right leg in November 1916 for which he was treated in Abbassia and later in May 1917 he injured the same leg and was hospitalised in Cairo.
Trooper Budsworth was transferred to the Field Remount Unit, operating from Ludd in Palestine in March 1918 where he continued to serve until his return to Australia in September 1919.
Read more …
- Service record: BUDSWORTH, James
- Embarkation roll: 8th Squadron, 2nd Remount Unit
- Unit Diaries: 2nd Australian Remount Unit
- Image: 30731 John Joseph McGrath photographs and correspondence
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland