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Jack VANDYK

Regimental number5911
Date of birth10 November 1900
Place of birthEngland
Age on arrival in Australia13
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressMayville Estate Violet Street, Punchbowl, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Cornelius Bendricus Vandyk, Violet Street, Punchbowl, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularArrived in Australia from Holland
FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919
Discharge date19 May 1919
Other details

Although he gave his age at enlistment as 18, he was in fact only 15 years and 7 months.

He was wounded in France on 9 October 1917, and wounded again on 25 August 1918, and was admitted to Norfolk War Hospital 3 September 1918 with a gunshot wound to his right leg. He was discharged medically unfit (not due to misconduct).

He continued to serve his country, first in the Australian Permanent Military Forces in the Australian Instructional Corps, 3 August 1921-31 December 1921, and was only discharged due to reduction of the establishment.

He served in the militia from September 1938, and was called up at the outbreak of war. He served in the 2nd AIF, (as Jack VANDYKE, NX8728) from 6 November 1939 to 15 October 1941, and was discharged due to medical unfitness.

He served as RSM with the 2/3 Bn in 1941, and was commissioned as Lieutenant in the Volunteer Defence Force, serving as Adjutant, Newcastle Area.

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Date of death11 August 1955
Place of burialCremated at Rookwood Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales

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