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John Augustine GROVES

Regimental number1004
Place of birthParramatta, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBoulevarde, Lidcombe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9.25"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinJ A Groves Snr, Boulevarde, Lidcombe, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the 39th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date11 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNaval and Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit), D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/112/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 19 August 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Discharge date27 August 1919
Other details

War service: enlisted in Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force, 11 August 1914. Unit embarked from Sydney, 19 August 1914; Groves' name ruled out and annotated: 'Transferred to Depot, sick'; did not embark. Discharged, 4 March 1915.

Re-enlisted, 16 November 1915, as Thomas JAMES.

Allotted to 5th Divisional Signal Company, Tel el Kebir, 24 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 15 June 1916.

Proceeded to England, 29 August 1916; proceeded overseas to France, 2 April 1917. Admitted to hospital, 4 October 1917 (scabies). Taken on strength, 50th Bn, 25 November 1917. Made sworn statement, 30 August 1918, that his true name was John Augustine GROVES.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 20 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 4 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), 27 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GROVES John Augustine

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