Digger James, Australian soldier and military physician, Died at 85

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Major General William Brian “Digger” James was born on May 14, 1930, and passed away on October 16, 2015.

Digger was an Australian solider and military physician who served in the Australian Army during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

William Digger James was born in May 1930 in Shepparton, the son of Thomas James, a local orchardist who had emigrated from Ireland.

He was educated at Grahamvale State School and Shepparton High School.

His lifelong nickname “Digger” pre-dated his military career, having been applied when someone placed a slouch hat on his head at the age of ten months.

Diggerdied at age 85 in October 2015.

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