John Feast

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John Feast
Feast John.jpg
courtesy Rebekah Terry
Personal Information
Date of Birth 25 Oct 1876
Place of Birth Geraldton, Western Australia
Death 13 Jul 1941, aged 64
Place of Death Mundijong, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 40 years, 10 months
Description 5'9" (1.75m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair ; Thumb on right hand missing
Occupation Labourer
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Mardella South West Railway line, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Mary A. Feast
Military Information
Reg Number 3098
Date of Enlistment 21 Aug 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 5th Pioneer Battalion, 7th reinforcement / 5th Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Nov 1916 ‒ 10 Jan 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A8 Argyllshire
Date of Return 4 May 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A54 Runic
Fate Returned to Australia - medical
Monument Mundijong Honour Roll
Serpentine Roll of Honour
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal

Pre War

Note on file to effect that he should never have been enlisted given he had lost his thumb in 1902 during a mill accident in Jarrahdale.

Electoral roll entries - 1903 a labourer on the Harvey Main Drain; 1906 labourer at Keysbrook; 1909 - 1910 a teamster at Mornington; 1912 - 1917 a horse driver at Whittaker's Mill.

War Service

On entering Blackboy Hill camp, John was initially allocated to reinforcement drafts for the 48th and then the 51st Battalions before on 23 Sep 1916 he was deemed more suitable for as Pioneer battalion reinforcement.

Travelled to England, but physical disability prevented him from going to France.

Discharged at 5th Military District on 13 Jul 1917.

Post War

On 24 May 1922 John married Rose Buckland (b.1899). Children were Norman (21 Aug 1922 - 2006), Gwendoline R (1924), Ronald (1928), Violet J (1930), Albert (1932 - 1953), John, Leslie (1935 died during birth), Pauline Margaret, Thelma, and Gordon. Rose died 23 Apr 1972 aged 72.

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1926 a horse driver at No.2 Railway Mill Dwellingup; 1931 at Cockram street, Mundijong teamster; 1936 No.2 State Mill, horse driver; 1937 labourer in Mundijong.


No thumb on his right hand at time of enlistment.

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