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Biography "Digger" James
Major General W B Digger James
14 May 1930 Shepparton Victoria, Son of Thomas C James Orchardist. Education: Grahamvale State School, Shepparton High School, Royal Military College Duntroon 1948-1951, University of Sydney MBBS 1963, RAMC Millbank UK London DTM&H, DPH, London University DIH.1969/71. Elected FRACS 1981.
Graduate Royal Military College Duntroon 1951, Platoon Commander 1 RAR in the Korean War 1952 (seriously wounded in action, Immediate Award of Military Cross), 1954-6 Royal Australia armoured Corps, Adjutant Armoured School, then Adjutant 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers in Muswellbrook. (1957 Resigned to undertake medical studies Sydney University. Graduated 1964) Commissioned Captain Medical Officer Army, 2 Camp Hospital 1964-1966 Medical Officer, Duntroon Hospital 1966-68, Officer Commanding 8th Field Ambulance,& Senior Medical Officer 1st Australian Task force Vietnam War 1968/69 (Awarded MBE) Medical Officer, St John Ambulance in the Biafran War, NIGERIA 1971 (Awarded O StJ). Director of Medical Services Qld 1971-75, Director of Army Medical Services1975-81. Provided Field Hospital and medical support for Professor Fred Hallows Aboriginal Trachoma Programmes in Cental Australia 1976-7. Promoted Major General , Director General of Army Health Services 1981-85.(Awarded AO)
Director Visy Industries Queensland since 1986.
Other Positions Held
National President: RSL 1993-97, (Awarded AC)
Queensland Institute for Medical Research Trust 1997-2004,