From Our Contribution
courtesy Rebekah Terry
|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|
|Address||Mardella South West Railway line, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Mary A. Feast|
|Date of Enlistment||21 Aug 1916|
|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|
Mundijong Honour Roll |
Serpentine Roll of Honour
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
|Medals||British War Medal|
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.
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.
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.