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John Joseph LARKINS

Regimental number2148
Place of birthThe Junction, Newcastle, New South Wales
SchoolSt Joseph's Convent School, The Junction, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCleaner
AddressMerewether, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 4"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Larkins, 42 Patrick Street, Merewether, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets; 3 years in the 25th Company, Australian Army Medical Corps, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date11 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 4), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Kate LARKINS, Corner of Valencia and Neville Streets, Waratah, New South Wales. Native of The Junction, Newcastle
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916.

Found guilty, 21 June 1916, of insubordinate language, 20 June 1916: awarded 24 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded, now, 28 July 1916, to be reported 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Buried New Military Cemetery, Sailly-sur-La-Lys, by Reverend J.J. Kennedy, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1550907, 2096 Pte A.E. TONNING,31st Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Town Hall, Oxford, England), 9 November 1916: 'I knew that Pte. Larkins' grave is up at Sailly in a cemetery in a Churchyard. Some of the men in our section were up there, and saw it (Machine Gun Section).'

Second statement, 648 Sergeant J.R. FLETCHER, 31st Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 23 Noveber 1916: 'Informant states that on 19th July 1916 at Fleurbaix, the whole 5th Division were making a charge and Larkins was then killed. Informant has seen his grave.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LARKINS John Joseph
Red Cross file 1550907

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