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John Anthony FREEBODY

Regimental number6520
Place of birthCooma, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address58 Boundary Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height 5' 8.75"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, J.S. Freebody, 58 Boundary Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 9 months in Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date10 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 August 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date13 December 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 November 1916, and admitted to Devonport Military Hospital (sick: slight); discharged from hospital, 27 November 1916; marched in to 4th Training Bn, Codford, 30 November 1916.

Admitted to Codford Hospital, 4 January 1917 (respiratory tract); discharged from hospital, 5 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 February 1917; taken on strength, 13th Bn, in the field, 12 February 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 15 February 1917 (jaundice); rejoined Bn, 1 March 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 25 February 1917 (scabies); transferred to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 February 1917 (jaundice); to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 3 March 1917 (scabies), and transferred to Corps Scabies Hospital; rejoined Bn, 22 March 1917.

Reported Missing in Action, Reincourt, 11 April 1917.

Subsequently reported Prisoner of War (shrapnel wound, left leg)

Repatriated, and arrived in England, 30 December 1919.

Found guilty, 11 February 1919, of being absent without leave, 10 am, 2 February, to 2pm, 10 February 1919: awarded forfeiture of 9 days' pay; total forfeiture: 18 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 3 September 1919; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 14 September 1919; discharged from ship's hospital, 23 September 1919; disembarked Sydney, 24 October 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 13 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death9 March 1931
Age at death32
Place of burialBotany Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, FREEBODY John Anthony

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