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John ANDERSON

Regimental number6282
Place of birthPyaanneparg, Finland
ReligionCongregational
OccupationLabourer
AddressKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Edith Anderson, Pyannuneparg, Finland, Russia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6282A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 23 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, 17 February 1917. Found guilty, 21 March 1917, of being absent without leave, 19 March 1917: awarded 2 days confined to camp; forfeited 1 days pay. Transferred to 28th Bn, 12 June 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 22 May 1917; taken on strength, 28th Bn, and added 'A' to number, 13 June 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, and admitted to 6th Field Ambulance (gun shot wound, arm); transferred to 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train to 47th General Hospital, Le Treport, 21 September 1917; to No. 3 Convalescent Depot, 4 October 1917; to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 14 October 1917; rejoined unit, 23 October 1917.

Proceeded on English leave, 26 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 15 March 1918.

Found guilty, 23 April 1918, of being absent without leave, 7 am, 9 April-noon, 14 April 1918 (6 days): awarded 29 days Field Punishment No. 2; forfeited total of 34 days pay.

Court of Inquiry declared him an illegal absentee as from 22 May 1918; still absent, 21 June 1918. Field General Court Martial, 30 October 1918, heard charge of when on Active Service desertion from 20 May to 18 August 1918: pleaded not guilty. Found not guilty of desertion but guilty of being absent without leave: awarded 2 years imprisonment with hard labour. Admitted to No. 10 Military Prison, Dunkirk, 4 December 1918; transferred to England and admitted to Wormwood Scrubs Prison, 25 May 1919. Sentence suspended on release from prison, 18 June 1919. Marched into No. 2 Group, Sutton Veney, 19 June 1919. Found guilty, 4 July 1919, of being absent without leave, midnight, 4 July to 2130, 6 July 1919: awarded 2 days Field Punishment No. 2; forfeited total of 4 days pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Indarra', 12 July 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 29 August 1919; discharged, 24 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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