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John BARRY

Regimental number482
Place of birthLimerick, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressKorumburra, South Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs A Larkin, Korumburra, South Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 5 February 1915. Taken on strength, 18th Battalion, 24 June 1915. Wounded at Hill 60, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915.
FateKilled in Action 3 May 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Date of death3 May 1917
Age at death29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
84
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 16 August 1915. Wounded in action, 27 August 1915; admitted to 16th Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 28 August 1915 (gun shot wound); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 1 September 1915 (contusion in shoulder); discharged to duty, 18 September 1915. Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 22 December 1915; discharged to duty, 23 February 1916; venereal disease: total period of treatment, 64 days. Taken on strength of Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 23 February 1916.

Found guilty, 23 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 3:30 pm, 1 March, to 8:00 am, 6 March 1916; awarded forfeiture of 6 days' pay and confined to barracks for 6 days. Rejoined unit in Ghezireh, 8 March 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 January 1917; marched in to Etaples, France, 25 January 1917; from details, 5 February 1917; last payment, 11 April 1917; missing in action, France, 3 May 1917; reported killed in action, 3 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARRY John

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