John James TOFT

Regimental number4608
Place of birthManchester, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPort Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 6.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Toft, 19 Chapel Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England
Previous military serviceMember for 18 months of Boys' Brigade, Manchester, England.
Enlistment date4 October 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 December 1917
Discharge date28 March 1918
Other details

Embarked Adelaide, 16 December 1916; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 16 January 1917; discharged from ship's hospital, 18 January 1917 (no further details recorded); disembarked Devonport, England, 18 February 1917, and marched in to 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott.

Found guilty, 30 April 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 16 April, to 3.30 pm, 28 April 1917: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 34 days' pay.

Found guilty, 9 October 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 2 October, until apprehended at Wilton, 7.30 pm, 5 October 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 13 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 October 1917; marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 18 October 1917.

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 19 October 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to England, 30 October 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 31 October 1917; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 27 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kanowna', 16 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 13 February 1918, for overland travel to Adelaide; discharged, Adelaide (medically unfit: asthma, bronchitis), 28 March 1918

War service: 1 year 176 days (of which 1 year 59 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 July 1936 Death not attributed to war service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, TOFT John James