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James Henry  Colton

Name on Board JH Colton
Name on Service
James Henry   Colton
Enlistment Age Unknown
Occupation Unknown
Place of Birth Bayswater, Vic
Next of Kin Henry and Georgina Colton
Address 15 Miles Road, Richmond, Vic
Marital Status S
Enlistment Date Unknown
Service No. 2952
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place
Embarkation Date
Embarkation Ship
Unit on Embarkation HMAS Huon, Royal Australian Navy
Date of Death 21/10/1918
Unit on Death HMAS Huon, Royal Australian Navy
Rank on Death Stoker Petty Officer
Cause of Death Illness (Pneumonic Influenza)
Place of Wounding/
Genoa, Italy
Cemetery or Memorial Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy
Additional Information James Henry Colton was serving on the HMAS Huon when he was admitted to the 51st Stationary Hospital, Genoa on 14 October 1918 with influenza.  He died of a severe haemorrhage from the lungs on 21 October 1918. Five seamen from the HMAS Huon died from an influenza outbreak while she was docked at Genoa for repairs.  All are buried in the Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa Italy. The HMAS Huon was the first warship to be wholly built in Australia, at Cockatoo Island dockyard, for the RAN.  While in the Mediterranean, the Huon was one of three destroyers fitted with an observation balloon, principally to search for signs of submerged submarines.  While on patrol on 8 August 1918, HMAS Huon collided with HMAS Yarra. She was subsequently docked at Genoa for repairs, where her crew were struck down by the influenza epidemic. Notice of his death in the Richmond guardian notes that he had previously lived in Newport, Vic
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