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John Gerald BARRY

Regimental number381
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressDickson Street, Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs M Barry, c/- Mrs Layfish, 2 Stanhope Grove, Camberwell, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSeymour, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 18/8/14 - 7th Bn. Wounded at Gallipoli, 30/4/15. Transferred to 1st Pioneer Battalion, 12/3/16.
FateKilled in Action 21 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death24
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
171
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915; wounded (leg and neck), 30 April 1915; admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 12 July 1915 (bullet wound, foot); transferred to 26th Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 13 July 1915; to 24th Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 27 July 1915; attached for duty, HMHC 'Ansonia', 27 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria (from England), 13 January 1916; rejoined 7th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 15 January 1916,

Trabsferred to 1st Prioneer Bn, Serapeum, 12 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 2 April 1916.

Killed in action, France, 21 August 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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