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John George HANKS

Regimental number2659
Place of birthFitzroy Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
Address4 Stuart Street, Maylands, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation41
Height6' 0"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Annie Amy Hanks, 4 Stuart Street, Maylands, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 June 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date23 February 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Frementle, 10 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 December 1916.

Found guilty, 13th Training Bn, Codford, 2 January 1917, of overstaying leave: awarded 3 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 February 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 19 March 1917.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 April 1917 (gastro-enteritis); transferred to 5th Division Rest Station, 8 April 1917; to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 9 April 1917; to Ambulance Train No 11, 12 April 1917, and admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Etretat, 13 April 1917; transferred to England, 24 April 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 25 April 1917; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 4 May 1917; discharged on furlough, 14 May 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 May 1917.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 May 1917, 25 May 1919.

Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 June 1917; classified B1A3, 1 July 1917; classified A3, 9 July 1917.

Marched in to Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 12 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 18 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 19 November 1917 (gun shot wound, back), and admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, and then transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 16, and admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, 29 November 1917; transferred to England, 5 December 1917, and admitted same day to Wallasey Town Hall Military Hospital, Liverpool (wound: severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 February 1918; discharged on furlough, 4 March 1918, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 18 March 1918.

Taken on strength, AIF Depots in the United Kingdom, 1 June 1918.

Transferred to 32nd Bn, 3 December 1918.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor' 12 December 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 18 January 1919; discharged (wounded), Perth, 23 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death ruled due to war service
Date of death12 December 1945
SourcesNAA: B2455, HANKS John George

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