Birthplace: Rockhampton, Queensland
Awards and Honours
- Military Medal
- 1914-1915 Star
- British War Medal 1914-20
- Victory Medal
D Company, 23rd Battalion; 6th Infantry Brigade
Regimental Service Number: 742
Enlistment date: 1 March, 1915 Bacchus Marsh
Age at enlistment: 25 years 5 months
Address at enlistment: Exford Road, Melton
Religion: Church of England
Marital Status: Single
Next of kin: Cousin: Maurice Almond, Farmer, Exford Road, Melton
Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 140 pounds
Eyes: Dark brown
Distinctive marks: Tattooed on left arm (3) right arm (1)
Embarkation ship: HMAT A14 Euripides.
Return Date: 2 January, 1919
Return Vessel: Berrima.
Arrival at Australia: 17 February, 1919.At: Melbourne
Discharge Date: 11 April, 1919
War Service Summary
12/06/1915 - Disembarked Egypt, proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli
10/01/1916 - Disembarked Alexandria
19/03/1916 - Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, ex Alexandria
26/03/1916 - Disembarked Marseilles
John had a history of hospitalisation and going AWL from camp:
03/04/1916 - AWL 7 hours
05/04/1916 - Drunk forfeits pay & time; for 2 offences received forfeiture of 13 days pay
31/05/1916 - Field Court Martial:
Charge (1) Drunkenness (2) Offering violence to his superior officer (3) Using threatening language to his superior officer
Sentence 18 months imprisonment with hard labour, commuted to 60 days by order of G.O.C. (In 1918 amended to 77 days forfeiture.)
15/07/1916 - Absent from Tattoo Roll Call
28/07/1916 - Wounded In Action; Gun Shot Wound to right leg; Boulogne, France
29/07/1916 - Admitted 13th General Hospital, France
31/07/1916 - Admitted No. 1 Convalescent Depot
16/08/1916 - Rejoined unit
04/09/1916 - Field Court Martial
Charge AWL 2 days in August from billet at Vandencourt Wood. John says went to Contay to buy bread, but bought rum and got drunk. Went to Amiens. Returns to Hq. Centreway Trench, Pozieres.
Found guilty & sentenced to 2 years imprisonment with hard labour. Some time spent in hospital then returned to military prison.
26/09/1916 - Admitted to Military Prison, Harve
06/11/1917 - Admitted to hospital; tonsilitis
17/11/1917 - Released & entrained for unit; remainder of sentence suspended
21/07/1917 - Rejoined unit.
26/01/1918 - Leave to United Kingdom
10/02/1918 - AWL; remanded for D.M.C.
01/04/1918 - Surrendered to military authorities, Edinburgh
02/04/1918 - Admitted to Military Hospital; Edinburgh.
27/04/1918 - Discharged under escort for trial
30/4/1918 - District Court Martial, Warwick Square.
Charge: AWL 10/02/1918 from London until he surrendered himself to military authorities in Edinburgh; pleaded guilty.
Sentence: 6 months detention.
03/05/1918 - Admitted Detention Barracks, Lewes
29/07/1918 - Unexpired portion of sentence (87 days) remitted as from 03/08/1918.
31/07/1918 - Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade
03/08/1918 - Proceeded to France
10/08/1918 - Rejoined battalion
03/10/1918 to 04/10/1918 - Stretcher bearer Beaurevoir, East of Peronne;
Awarded Military Medal: "All through the night his work was marked by a singular coolness & determination under heavy machine gun and artillery fire. He worked assidu[ously] for two days and nights with practically no sleep, evacuating own and enemy wounded, and assisting flank companies with their wounded. His gallant and courageous conduct acted as a great incentive to the men of his party."
Brig-Gen. J.C. Robertson (P 34 Serv. Rec.)
03/11/1918 - To hospital; influenza
15/12/1918 - Discharged to Base Depot
16/12/1918 - Marched in to England
02/01/1919 - Embarked for return to Australia
17/02/1919 - Disembarked Melbourne
11/04/1919 - Discharged at Melbourne
17/10/1919 - Promulgation of Military Medal award in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No, 119, dated 17th October, 1919.
War Service Commemerated
Life After the War
Place/s of residence:
18/02/1921 - c/- W. McCracken, Lillimur, Vic
13/12/1919 - 44 Howe Cres., Albert Park
28/08/1933 - Bathurst
30/12/1935 - Redwin, Reefton, N.S.W.
02/11/1945 - 33 Bent St., Gosford
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