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John GETTINGBY

Regimental number1005
Date of birth--/04/1871
Place of birthLorue, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressTurin East, Wagin, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 8"
Weight196 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eliza Jane Gettingby, Turin East, Wagin, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 19 years in the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Enlistment date14 November 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentRegimental Sergeant Major
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Promotions

QMR & HON LT


Unit: INF28
Promotion date: 26 August 1915

FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Discharge date7 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Australian Imperial Force with Regimental Number 917, 10 September 1914; discharged Perth, 20 October 1914.

Rejoined Australian Imperial Force, 14 November 1914.

Embarked Fremantle on HMAT 'Ascanius', 29 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Ivernia' and proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 September 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from 'Ansonia', 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, 20 January 1916 (debility); transferred to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 24 January 1916; discharged to Overseas Base, 10 February 1916; rejoined unit, Ferry Post, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 4 April 1916 (varicose veins); transferred to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 10 April 1916 (phlebites, left leg); discharged to 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 27 April 1916; marched into Anzac Base, Etaples, 12 May 1916. Embarked Marseilles and proceeded to England, 15 July 1916; assessed as being medically unfit for active military service, 8 September 1916; appointed Quartermaster at No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 25 October 1916; seconded for duty with No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, with ranks of Quartermaster and Honorary Captain, 1 January 1917; to be second in Command at No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 13 August 1917; moved out from No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny 10 April 1918; temporarily promoted to rank of Captain whilst employed as Troop Ship Adjudant on return to Australia, 10 April 1918.

Commenced return on HT 'Marathon', 15 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 12 June 1918, for onward travel to Perth. Appointment terminated, 7 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Date of death1 November 1932

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