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John Edward STEAVENS

Regimental number3171
Place of birthWickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTram driver
Address58 View Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 7.25"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs R J Stevens, 58 View Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, February 1916 (circumcision); discharged to duty, 11 February 1916.

Taken on strength of 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 26 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2610409: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Statement, 2604 Pte F. CURTIS, 55th Bn (patient, No 2 Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport), 20 November 1916: 'His number is 3171 and he was in D. Coy. 15 Platoon. He was shot by a machine gun bullet just after gettig over the parapet the 1st night he joined the Battalion. I was in charge at the time and close to him.'

Second statement, 3574 Pte E.W. McCARTHY, A Company, 55th Bn, 12 February 1917: 'He was in the Band with me. We knew him as Darky. He is now listed as K/A. One of the men in the Bn. saw his dead body during the action and gave evidence to this effect at an enquiry.'

Third statement, 25 Pte V.E. HEBER, 55th Bn, 27 April 1917: 'I saw Steavens killed in the German 2nd line trenches at Fleurbaix, about 3 a.m. on the morning of the 20th of July. He was resting on a sandbag when he was killed outright by a bullet which went through him. I don't know what happened to his body as we evacuated the trenches shortly afterwards.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STEAVENS John Edward
Red Cross File No 2610409

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