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John West BRISTOW

Regimental number4075
Date of birth15 October 1895
Place of birthWillowie, South Australia
SchoolWillowie Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressWirrabara, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Sanders Bristow, Wirrabara, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (lived in an exempt area in compulsory service scheme)
Enlistment date8 December 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollCyclists' Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edgar Strowan and Margaret Saunders (nee Rogers) Bristow
Discharge date9 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Australia, 9 March 1916. Transferred to 5th Cyclists' Bn, Serapeum, Egypt, 17 April 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 9 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 16 June 1916. On leave, France, 14 January 1917; returned from leave, 29 January 1917.

Taken on strength, Australian Corps Cyclists' Bn, 16 January 1918. On leave to Paris, 15 January 1918; returned from leave, 26 January 1918. On leave to England, 3 March 1918; rejoined from leave, 20 March 1918. Detached for duty with No. 1 Area Detachment, 21 March 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 3 April 1918. Detached to Traffic Control, 23 May 1918; to Australian Corps Reinforcements Camp, 25 September 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 27 October 1918. On leave to England, 18 November 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 7 January 1919.

Marched out to England for demobilisation, 18 April 1919; commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board 'Mahia', 5 June 1919; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 4 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 July 1919, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged, 9 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 April 1977
Age at death81
Place of burialBruce Rock Methodist Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRISTOW John West

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