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|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Perth, Western Australia|
|Death||5 Oct 1964|
|Place of Death||Victoria Park, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||38 years, 8 months|
5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 133 lbs|
60.328 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair ; Tattoo of a ship and lighthouse on left arm
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Serpentine, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr John Gaymer|
|Date of Enlistment||12 Sep 1916|
|Unit/Formation||11th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division|
|Date of Embarkation||23 Dec 1916 ‒ 16 Feb 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A35 Berrima|
|Date of Return||1 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Somali|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument||Serpentine Roll of Honour|
British War Medal |
At Blackboy Hill camp was bounced about among the units then in camp, initially being allocated to the 6th reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion, only to have that changed nine days later to the 7th draft for the 5th Pioneer Battalion, and then another week later the 23rd draft for the 11th Battalion.
On arrival in England he was sent to the 3rd Training Battalion at No 3 camp Perham Downs to complete his preparation for the front lines in France.
On 28 Jun 1917 he proceeded to France through Southampton, and was taken on strength of the 11th Battalion on 7 Jul 1917 which at that time were rebuilding at Ribemont. On 23 Feb 1918 John was granted leave in the UK, and paid for it when on 14 Mar 1918 John was hospitalised with gonorrhoea. He presented first to the 1st Australian Field Ambulance, before on 18 Mar 1918 attending the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, followed by the 39th General Hospital on 13 Mar 1918. Total period in medical care was 63 days until 15 May 1918 when he was released from hospital, rejoining the battalion on 28 May 1918 at Villers-Bretonneux. The battalion's War Diary records that they were expecting an imminent enemy attack on their positions.
Charged on 27 Dec 1918 with having failed on 21 Dec 1918 to clean wagons when ordered to do so by an officer, he was awarded 7 days Field Punishment No 2. Granted leave in the UK again from 16 Feb till 2 Mar 1919, he returned to France until 24 Apr 1919 when he began the journey home via England.
Discharged 5th Military District 15 Aug 1919
Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1925 at Mundijong a farmer; 1954 at 1 Eastbourne street Mosman Park; 1963 at 22 Berwick street, Victoria Park a pensioner. Does not appear to have married or had children.