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John Henry Sylvester ATHORN

Regimental number2303
Place of birthBroken Hill, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressAustralia Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs Sarah Ann Athorn, Stoneycroft Cottage, Australia Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A25 Anglo Egyptian on 12 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 12 November 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Louisa ATHORN; Wife: Sarah ATHORN
Discharge date22 April 1918
Other details

Attestation Paper states place of birth as Nairn, South Australia.

War service: disembarked Suez, 16 June 1916; taken on strength, 1st Light Horse Regiment, 3 August 1916.

Found guilty of drunkenness, 14 February 1917: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Found guilty of drunkenness and of using obscene language after lights out: awarded 3 days' Field Punlishment No. 2.

Found guilty, 25 June 1917, of drunkenness, of being absent without leave from 23-24 June 1917, and of being out of bounds: awarded forfeiture of 16 days' pay.

Admitted to hospital, 16 September 1917; commenced return to Australia, 12 November 1917 (rheumatism and debility); disembarked Sydney, 20 December 1917; discharged, 22 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death15 May 1937
Age at death56
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales

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