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John Edward Louis HARRISON

Regimental number1848
Date of birth5 February 1897
Place of birthWangaratta, Victoria
SchoolEuroa and Wangaratta State Schools, Victoria
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationPlumber
AddressTempleton Street, Wangaratta, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 3"
Weight119 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Harrison, Wangaratta, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 May 1916
Place of enlistmentWangaratta, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1848A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date4 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 16 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 9 February 1917 (scabies); transferred to 11th Field Ambulance, 13 February 1917; to Casualty Clearing Station, 25 February 1917; discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, in the field, 2 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gas poison shell), and admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 8 june 1917; transferred to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, 8 June 1917; to Base Depot, Boulogne, 23 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 13 September 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound, left leg), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 44th Casualty Clearing Station; to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 6 October 1917; to England, 8 October 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, 9 October 1917; discharged on furlough, 31 October 1917, to report to Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 14 November 1917.

Taken on strength, 3rd Pioneer Bn, in the field, 29 January 1918.

Reallotted Regimental No 1848A.

Wounded in action (third occasion), 26 May 1918 (gas shell), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance; transferred to 49th Casualty Clearing station, 27 May 1918; to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 31 May 1918; to Ambulance Train No 17, 6 June 1918; to England, 7 June 1918, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 July 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 22 July 1918.

Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 13 September 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 26 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 25 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 23 March 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 4 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 February 1962
Age at death64
Place of burialWangaratta Cemetery, Wangaratta, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRISON John Edward Louis

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