Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

John Henry BARTROP


Born: 1887

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 3116

Birthplace: Echuca

Parents: James Bartrop and Frances Emma Morley
Married in 1882

Died: 1919

Place of death: Gisborne, Victoria

Burial place: Gisborne Cemetery, Gisborne, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


8th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement



Regimental Service Number: 5651

Enlistment date: 3 July, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 28 years, 5 months

Address at enlistment: Couangalt Road, via Gisborne

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: James Bartrop

Physical Description: Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Weight: 152 pounds
Complexion: Dark
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Distinctive marks: Vaccination Left Arm x 3, Scar Abdomen

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. A 33 Aryshire.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 13 March, 1918

Return Vessel: Dunvegan Castle.

Arrival at Australia: 14 June, 1918.

Discharge Date: 24 July, 1918

War Service Summary

02/09/1916 - London
15/10/1916 - Proceed overseas to France
08/11/1916 - To hospital, mumps
12/12/1916 - To hospital, sick, scabies
15/01/1917 - To unit
18/01/1917 - Taken on strength of 8th battalion
20/04/1917 - To hospital, sick
15/05/1917 - Rejoined battalion from hospital
16/06/1917 - To hospital, sick
22/06/1917 - Rejoined battalion
15/10/1917 - Hospital sick
18/01/1917 - Taken strength
20/04/1917 - Hospital Ill
22/06/1917 - Return to Unit Belgium
04/10/1917 - Wounded in action, Belgium. Gun shot wound to left chest and right foot.
26/10/1917 - Transferred to England on H.T. Ville de Leige, Trench fever
13/03/1918 - Transferred to Australia, inability to march.

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War


Date of death:
1919 Gisborne
Place of burial:
Gisborne Cemetery; buried with sister

Other relevant information:

Brother Robert Miller Bartrop, Sapper 2269
Service: 12/06/1916-21/06/1919

Additional Information

Gisborne Gazette

7 April 1916 p 2

Send-off to Gisborne Soldiers

One of the most successful gatherings yet assembled in the Gisborne Mechanics' Hall was that on Friday evening, to wish bon voyage to the latest batch of Gisborne recruits for the great war. There was a large assemblage, the hall being fairly crowded. …

At the time appointed the following soldiers were present (others who were invited were unable to get leave)—viz., Messrs. W. J. Healey, H. P. Brandum, J. Reeves, Geo. Maggs, John Kiely, — McCashney, G. A. Martin, J. H. Bartrop, L. G. and A. V. Short, A. R. McPherson. Thos. Ryan, and W. Thom. Mr. Eric Cherry, who has lately returned to continue his studies for medicine, and Sergeant-Major Stanley was also present.

Gisborne Gazette

2 August 1918, p. 2



J. H. Bartrop writes: "I received the Xmas parcel sent by your fund, and wish to convey to the people of the district my appreciation of their kindness in thinking, of us. It helps the boys over here to know that the folk at home are thinking of them, and we have proof that the people of Gisborne do not forget their boys by these parcels now arriving."

Melton Express

Saturday 7 September 1918, P 2



Planting the Honor Avenue took place in the Toolern Park on Saturday last. The scheme adopted involved two concave semi-circles, facing the road, the converging points being 16ft. apart. Between these two points it is intended to erect the Honor Tablet, when the design has been approved; two specially selected shrubs were planted at this point, known as Thuja Doniana, a new and very handsome type of evergreen. The rest of the trees are golden cypresses. The line of the semi-circles was arranged well in advance of the cypress hedge (which was planted three years ago) and forms a background to the whole plantation. The blend of coloring from the golden-tinted trees against the dark green hedge will give a very fine effect in a few years time. The planting was carried, out under supervision and the trees well watered and thoroughly mulched to preserve the moisture on account of the lateness of the season for planting.

The list of those who enlisted from the North Riding contains 20 names and a corresponding number of trees were planted. Precedence was given in the order of planting to those who have made the supreme sacrifice. The list is as follows:-

R. J. Wynne, A. Cameron, H. Foster, W. G. Hogg, A. G. Tedcastle, E. Cameron, N. Cameron, J. Clarke, J. S. Farrell, O. Jurd, A. Lachmund, S. J. T. McCorkell, R. J. MacPherson, A. P. Missen, G. A. G. Smith, G. Snowden, R. Gault, D. Cameron, J. H. Bartrop, R. Bartrop. …..


Service Record
Nominal Roll