Whilst awaiting transport back to Australia at the end of hostilities, it was possible for some soldiers to either attend courses or take up short term employment. James Nunn a farm labourer from Macquarie Plains took advantage of this going to Jersey for three months with pay and subsides.
Initially on arriving in England he was to join the reinforcements for the 40th Battalion, but instead was sent to Heytesbury to join the Artillery, as a gunner. He proceeded to France in late November 1918 and remained there until marched out to England 4 April 1919. He was granted leave to travel to Jersey from 22 April until 22 July which was later extended to 31 July 1919. He returned to Australia in September 1919.