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John Madden GRAINGER

Regimental number2651
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSignalman
AddressBallarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Weight179 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Grainger, 'Gaffery', 14 Ascot Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollStaff Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date12 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 2 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 November 1916; marched in to 15th Training Bn, 16 November 1916.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 19 November 1916 (mumps); discharged from hospital, 2 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916; marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 31 December 1916.

Found guilty, 1 February 1917, of (1) breaking out of camp; (2) trespassing on cultivated lands: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Taken on strength, 58th Bn, in the field, 7 February 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 20 June 1917; promoted Corporal, 24 August 1917; promoted Sergeant, 4 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 15 January 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, from leave, 5 February 1918.

Detached to United Kingdom for duty with Training Bn, 30 July 1918; marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 3 August 1918.

Promoted Temporary Company Quartermaster Sergeant, Tidworth, 2 October 1918.

Promoted ER Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, 13 March 1919.

Granted 14 days' leave from 3 September 1919, to report to No 2 Group on expiration of leave.

Coomenced return to Australia from Southampton on board HT 'Devon', 8 October 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 November 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 12 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 June 1968
Age at death78
Place of burialBurwood Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRAINGER John Madden

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