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John Charles McMASTER

Regimental number1193
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 4.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, J McMaster, Walkerville Road, St Peters, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 18 months in the 76th Bn, Citizen Military Forces, South Australia; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date12 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateDied of wounds 9 August 1916
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialWarloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot VII, Row B, Grave No. 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary MCMASTER, 48 Frederick Street, Maylands, South Australia. Native of Belfast, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915. Wounded in action, 2 May 1915 (gun shot wound, left shoulder); transferred to England and admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, 20 May 1915 (wound slight). Returned in No 4 Draft to unit, departing A&NZ Base, Weymouth, 2 September 1915; rejoined unit, Mudros, 18 September 1916. Disembarked Alexandria, 30 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Transferred to and taken on strength of 4th Machine Gun Company, 9 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1916 (gun shot wound, right shoulder and buttock); died of wounds at 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 9 August 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McMASTER John Charles

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