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AINSWORTH Royden James
26 Battalion
Boulder Western Australia
12 January 1916
Seang Choong
4 May 1916

Father James Ainsworth. Mother Delia (nee McMahon). While born in Western Australia, Roy, as he was known to his family, was educated at Mudgee College NSW. He was Roman Catholic and had followed the occupation of dental mechanic before enlisting in Nambour Qld where his parents were living. At 18 years and 1 month, 5ft 3 inches tall and single, Royden enlisted 12th January 1916. He declared he had spent 4 years (compulsory) in the 43 cadets.

Departing from Brisbane, Royden disembarked in Suez on 15th June 1916.

Royden died 4 months after he left Australia as a result of a tramway accident in Marseilles, France. He was taken to the Lahore Indian General Hospital Marseilles where he passed away. The court of inquiry showed he died of shock and haemorrhage.

He was firstly buried in St. Pierre Cemetery. His parents were advised in 1920 that their late son had been re-interred in the War Cemetery in Marseilles.

A photo of Royden appears in The Queensland October 7 1916 P26

10 August 1916
Marseilles, France
First buried St Pierre Cem. Marseilles - reinterred Mazargues War Cemetery Marseilles Plot 4. Row A. 5.

Australian War Memorial Panel #106

Maroochy Shire Honor Roll, Shire Chambers, Bury Street, Nambour

Nambour Trees, Burpi Park, Petrie Park Road, Nambour (from Nambour Chronicle 27th April 1923)

Maroochy Shire War Dead, Quota Park, Matthew Street, Nambour

First Nambour Boy Scouts Honour Board, Nambour & District Historical Museum, Mitchell Street, Nambour

Nambour (Maroochy Shire) Roll of Honor Scroll, Private Collection, Nambour (this scroll was available for sale to the public after the war)

Denise McMahon

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