John Morgan Ley

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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known Jul 1871
Place of Birth Litchfield, England
Death 13 Oct 1927, aged 56
Place of Death East Fremantle, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 46 years, 10 months
Description 5'9" (1.75m) tall; weight 135 lbs (61.2 kg); ruddy complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair.
Occupation horticulturist
Religion Church of England
Address 'Cookaberra', Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife Mrs Azelia Helena Ley
Military Information
Reg Number none issued
Date of Enlistment 17 Apr 1916 - 21 Dec 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation WA Depot only
Date of Embarkation Did not leave Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (West Armadale Panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals not eligible


Pre War

Had previous service (6 years) with the 18th Light Horse Regiment in the militia as Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant

War Service

Seven weeks after entering camp he was allocated to the 3rd reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion. However two months later (22 Aug 1916) he was transferred back to a Depot Squad. He spent 10 days in Oct 1916 in the 8th Australian General Hospital at Fremantle with fibrosis of the lung, followed by 20 days there in November with a crushed foot. Discharged permanently unfit on 21 Dec 1916 due to the crushed foot.

Post War

Wife was Azelia Helena (nee Morgan). Azelia died on 31 Jul 1954 in Hamilton Hill, aged 81. A stillborn female child was delivered in Fremantle during 1902. Electoral Roll entries - 1910 Fraser street East Fremantle, civil servant with wife; 1916 'Cookaberra' Armadale, horticulturist; 1925 at 1 Fraser street, East Fremantle, orchardist ; in 1949 Azelia was on Davilak estate, South Fremantle.

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