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John Driver DAVIES

Regimental number2156
Place of birthColne, Lancashire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
Address5 Vernon Street, Balmain East, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 4.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Clara Driver Davies, 25 Hanover Street, Colne, Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Place of enlistmentBathurst, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
FateDied of wounds, 7 May 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)True family name: DRIVER
Place of death or woundingFrance
Place of burialPernois British Cemetery, France
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 July 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 September 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 12 November 1916 (myalgia); discharged to duty, 18 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 December 1916.

Marched into 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 6 December 1916.

Proceeded to join 53rd Bn, 21 December 1916; taken on strength, 53rd Bn, 23 December 1916.

Detached for duty with 5th Australian Division Base Depot, 1 May 1917; marched into 5th Australian Division Base Depot, 1 May 1917; marched into 1st Training Camp, 3 May 1917.

Found guilty, 25 May 1917, of being dirty on parade: awarded 2 days’ confined to camp.

Returned to unit, 29 May 1917; rejoined unit, 29 May 1917.

On leave to England, 23 September 1917; rejoined unit, 6 October 1917.

Temporarily attached to 5th Divisional Headquarters as Batman, 7 October 1917; rejoined unit, 15 October 1917.

Detached to 14th Brigade Headquarters, 30 January 1918; rejoined unit, 22 March 1918.

Wounded in action, France, 24 April 1918; admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 April 1918 (shrapnel wound, back); transferred to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 24 April 1918 (shrapnel wound chest, penetrating abdomen).

Died of wounds, 7 May 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsTrue name: John D. DRIVER
Date of death7 May 1918
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAVIES John Driver

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