Birth date: 1 July 1899
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death date: 1928
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Penrith
Final rank: Trooper
Service number: 57353 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment

James Joseph Augustus Sweeney was born at Erskineville, New South Wales, on 1 July 1899. Having gained written permission from his parents, the 18-year-old clerk enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 13 May 1918. Sweeney departed Sydney as part of the 4th General Service Reinforcements aboard HMAT Port Sydney on 17 August 1918.

The new reinforcements underwent further training in Egypt, and in November Sweeney was transferred to the 1st Light Horse Regiment, then camped at Rishon LeZion. The regiment marched towards Rafa, their point of demobilisation, riding over the old Turkish positions at Gaza on the way. Sweeney wrote to his father requesting several tins of Kiwi brand boot polish to darken not only his boots but also his pants, which were left almost white from wear. Sweeney also wrote of the regiment passing their horses over to the Indian army as they could not take them back to Australia. The young private and the remaining elements of the 1st Light Horse Regiment left Kantara in March 1919 and arrived back in Australia the next month. Sweeney was discharged from the AIF in May 1919.

James Sweeney died nine years later at Springwood, New South Wales.

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Sweeney, James Joseph Augustus (Trooper, b:1899 - d:1928)

Letters relating to the First World War service of 57353 Trooper James Joseph Augustus Sweeney 1 Light Horse. The letters date from 22/08/1918 to 14/01/1919 and were written to Private Sweeney's parents, his grandmother, and his sister Bess. [items 1-3] These letters cover Sweeney's troopship... Maker: Sweeney, James Joseph Augustus

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Letters from James Joseph Augustus Sweeney, 1918-1919

Letters relating to the First World War service of 57353 Trooper James Joseph Augustus Sweeney, 1st Light Horse Regiment. In this series of letters to his family, Sweeney details his journey to Egypt and subsequent training. He goes on to describe Palestine and Rafa as well his transfer to 1st...



Date of birth 1899-07-01
Date of death 1928