Died: 20 September, 1918
Cause: Killed In Action
Place of death: Dog Trench near Bony, Guillemont, France
Burial place: A few yards from Dog Trench near Bony, Guillemont, France
Awards and Honours
- Victory Medal
38th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Regimental Service Number: 3338
Enlistment date: 11 September, 1917 Ararat
Age at enlistment: 25 years 8 months
Address at enlistment: C/- Lizzie Morris, Melton
Marital Status: Single
Next of kin: Sister: Miss Elizabeth Mary (Lizzie) Morris, Melton
Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: 162 pounds
Hair: Light brown
Distinctive marks: Flat scar of cut on shin, right leg below knee; 3 x large vaccination marks, left arm
Embarkation ship: HMAT A 38 Ulysses.
War Service Summary
09/10/1917 - At recruit depot, Broadmeadows, training for infantry
22/12/1917 - Embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT A 38 Ulysses
16/01/1918 - Disembarked to A.I.F. camp; Suez
24/01/1918 - Embarked H.M.T. Leasowe Castle; Port Said
02/02/1918 - Disembarked Tarante
14/02/1918 - Disembarked Southampton; marched in to 10th Training Battalion
30/03/1918 - Marched in to 9th Training Battalion; Fovant via Folkestone
06/05/1918 - Proceeded overseas to France
07/05/1918 - Marched in to New Zealand Base Depot; Etaples
09/05/1918 - Marched out to the field
11/06/1918 - Wounded in Action; Gun Shot Wound to scalp; Admitted 10th Australian Field Ambulance
15/06/1918 - Discharged to duty and rejoined unit
29/09/1918 - Killed in Action; hit by shellfire at Bony while a stretcher-bearer.
War Service Commemerated
Killed in action.
Date: 22 September, 1918
22/09/1918 – Killed in Action; 38th Battalion operation at Bony. “It is believed that no burial took place as he was practically blown to pieces by shell-fire” Major Chas. Hutton, 30th January, 1919
From Red Cross report:
“This man was a stretcher bearer. He was hit in the stomach by a bullet just outside Dog Trench. He was buried … a few yards from Dog Trench near Bony. I was an eye witness.” Sgt. J. McElroy
“He was at the time of his death resourcing wounded when he was practically blown to pieces by shell fire. There are no records of any burial or cross being erected on this account. He was one of our best stretcher bearers and he practically gave his life in an attempt to rescue a wounded comrade.” L/Corp. George Purcell
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Australian War Memorial Commemorative Area, panel 130.
09/11/1921 Lizzie applied to collect Johns effects. She was told that she must prove that her parents, no brothers or elder sisters were alive. His will indicated "I give the whole of my property and effects to My sister, Lizzie Morris of Melton. "
Lizzie is listed in the Electoral Rolls of 1915, 1916 and 1919 as occupation, home duties, and address as C/- Melton Railway Station. John is not listed on these Rolls, although he gives his address as C/- Lizzie.
Sgt. F. Beard of the 57th Battalion makes enquiries about Johns death.