Per his military service record (Depot), James McGeechan was born at Lithgow, N.S.W. He gave his age as 27 years and 3 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as engine driver. His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was height 5 feet 4 ½ inches tall, weight 127 lbs., with a fair complexion, grey eyes, and black hair. His religious denomination was Presbyterian. He claimed to have no previous military service.
He completed his medical examination at Lithgow on 3rd November 1915. He was attested by Lieutenant F. Middenway at Lithgow on 3rd November 1915 (the day the Coo-ees marched from Lithgow to Hartley).
His postal address on his initial Application to Enlist in the Australian Imperial Force form was Bridge Street, Lithgow.
His next of kin on his Attestation Paper was listed as his stepmother, Bridge Street, Lithgow.
After completing the Coo-ee March he went into Liverpool Camp with the Coo-ees.
On 17th November 1915 Private McGeechan went before a Medical Board at Liverpool Camp, where he was found to suffer from Hemiplegia, and was unfit for active service.
On 22nd November 1915 Private McGeechan was charged with being absent from his post while on guard on 20th November 1915. He was issued a warning.
On 29th November 1915 Private McGeechan was discharged medically unfit.
 NAA: B2455, MCGEECHAN J