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|Date of Birth||Not known|
|Place of Birth||Benalla, Victoria|
|Death||23 Oct 1944, aged 72|
|Place of Death||East Cannington, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||41 years, 1 month|
5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 133lbs|
60.328 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
|Address||William street, East Cannington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Bridget Flynn|
|Date of Enlistment||24 May 1916|
|Unit/Formation||11th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcements|
|Date of Embarkation||29 Dec 1916 ‒ 16 Feb 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A35 Berrima|
|Date of Return||27 Sep 1917 ‒ 12 Nov 1917|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A29 Suevic|
|Fate||Returned to Australia - medical reasons|
|Monument||Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll|
|Medals||British War Medal|
John entered camp on 24 Jul 1916 and was in training with the 6th reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion until 9 Aug 1916 when he was transferred to the 23rd draft for the 11th Battalion. On 4 Sep 1916 this was changed to the 22nd draft for the 11th Battalion, and then on 25 Sep 1916 to the 7th reinforcement draft for the 5th Pioneer Battalion. Finally on 8 Nov 1916 he was back with the 23rd draft for the 11th Battalion, before he embarked with them for England.
On arrival in England he was sent to the 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington to prepare for France and Belgium. However, on 10 Mar 1917 he was admitted to the Fargo Military Hospital with mumps and then pneumonia and was not released until 20 Apr 1917. In addition to his illnesses, John was also treated for a hernia, and as a result of him declining an operation to resolve it, he was sent home for discharge. John did not serve on the continent, and therefore was not eligible for the Victory Medal.
On his return to Australia, he spent a period in the 8th Australian General Hospital at Fremantle from 12 - 21 Nov 1917. John was discharged by the 5th Military District 6 Dec 1917.
Electoral Roll entries: 1917 - 1943 William street, East Cannington, labourer.