John James Ainsworth

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John James Ainsworth
Personal Information
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1891
Place of Birth Accrington, England
Death 22 Jun 1945, aged 53
Place of Death Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 49 years, 11 months
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; ; sallow complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs. Annie Ainsworth
Military Information
Reg Number W42516
Date of Enlistment 17 Sep 1941
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 9th Auxiliary Horse Transport Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

John arrived in Australia on 15 Feb 1924 aboard the SS Moreton Bay which had left London on 15 Jan 1924. During 1939 John married Ellen M Pritchard (known as Annie??) although she is not with him on the 1943 Electoral Roll.

Electoral Roll entries: 1931 - 1937 Mundijong, farm hand; 1943 Kelmscott, soldier

War Service

On 17 Sep 1941 John was called up for full time service in the CMF and when allocated to the 9th Auxiliary Horse Transport Company, he was given a trade grouping of Driver Horse Transport T/G III. John was granted leave from 17- 20 October, and 20 - 22 November 1941. On 1 May 1943 John was charged with having disobeyed a lawful command on 29 Apr 1943. Found guilty he was fined 20/- ($2). On 23 Aug 1944 he was medically reclassified to "B2", and transferred on 20 Nov 1944 to Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot.

John was discharged on 21 Nov 1944 (Essential Services) to rejoin the Western Australian Government Railways.

Post War

Annie died 10 Jan 1975 aged 81 in Doubleview.


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