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John Percy SWANSTON

Regimental number565
Place of birthTumbarumba, New South Wales
SchoolSuperior Public School, Goulburn, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRabbit buyer
AddressTelegraph Hotel, Molong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 10.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinJ.P. Swanston, 306 Annandale Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Previous military service2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles; Royston's Horse, Zulu Rebellion
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKensington, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1 Divisional Train (1 to 4 Coys Army Service Corps) October, 1914
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adeladie, South Australia, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus on 22 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of disease 21 October 1918
Place of death or woundingDied of illness, Tidworth Hospital, England
Age at death39
Place of burialTidworth Military Cemetery (C. 209A), North Tidworth, Wiltshire
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
13
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Percival and Rosetta SWANSTON
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 12 August 1915.

Proceeded to join Western Field Force, 8 December 1915.

Transferred to 1st Infantry Base Depot, Cairo, 24 March 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 24 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 2nd Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 12 April 1916.

Transferred to 3rd Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 30 June 1916.

Detached to 8th Bn, 10 July 1916; rejoined unit, 16 July 1916.

On leave to England, 27 October 1916; rejoined unit, 16 November 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 1st Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 28 February 1917.

Admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, 19 June 1917, and transferred to 1st Divisional Rest Station the same day (tonsillitis); discharged, 22 June 1917; rejoined unit, 23 June 1917.

Detached to 1st Division Headquarters Train, 26 November 1917.

Transferred to Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, United Kingdom, 29 November 1917.

Marched into Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, Parkhouse, 2 December 1917.

Attached for duty with Permanent Cadre of Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, 5 May 1918.

Transferred to 3rd Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 2 September 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 September 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 5 September 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 6 September 1918; taken on strength of 1st Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 12 September 1918.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 3rd Army Bde, Australian Field Artillery, 15 September 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 13 October 1918.

Admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, 19 October 1918 (influenza, and pneumonia).

Died, Tidworth Military Hospital, 21 October 1918 (influenza, and pneumonia).

Buried, Tidworth Military Cemetery, 26 November 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SWANSTON John Percy

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