James Tragea was a factory hand at Manutahi Dairy Factory before the war. He lists his address at Manutahi and was born in Nelson. James also states that before the war he served as a senior cadet and a Territorial member of the 2nd (Wellington & West Coast) Mounted Rifles Regiment.
He started his service on the 2nd of Jan 1917 as part of F Coy, 24th NZ Rifle Brigade Reinforcements, but transferred to the 23rd Mounted Rifle Reinforcements on the 28th of Jan 1917, leaving New Zealand on the 19th of April 1917.
Tragea arrived in Suez on the 20th of June 1917, and marched into Moascar Camp same day, being posted to the Wellington Mounted Rifles. His movement for the rest of the war are detailed below:
Transferred on the 30th of July 1917 to NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade Transport in the field.
Attached to Brigade Transport HQ on the 15th of Oct 1917.
Admitted to Hospital ex Brigade Transport on the 5th of July 1917.
Admitted to NZ Mounted Rifles Field Ambulance same day.
Admitted to No. 24 Stationary Hospital Kantara 16th of July 1917 with Malaria.
Admitted to No. 27 General Hospital Abbassia on the 17th of July 1917.
Discharged to Aotea Convalescence Home at Heliopolis on the 25th of July 1917.
Rejoined unit in the field on the 9th of Aug 1918.
Discharged to rest camp at Ismailia on the 12th of Aug 1918.
Rejoined unit on the 22nd of Aug 1918 and posted to 2nd Sqdn Wellington Mounted Rrifles.
Transferred back to NZMR Brigade of Transport on the 14th of Sept 1918.
Admitted to Hospital on the 8th of Oct 1918.
Admitted to NZMR Field Ambulance on the same day.
Admitted to No. 47 Stationary Hospital Gaza on the 14th of Oct 1918.
Admitted to No. 27 General Hospital Abbassia on the 17th of Oct 1918 (Malaria).
Rejoined unit in the field on the 8th of Nov 1918.
Tragea was then withdrawn from service, being sent home to New Zealand where he was discharged on the 14th of May 1919 as no longer fit due to illness contracted on active service (Malaria).
This group is accompanied by scanned copies of his service records