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John Augustus KEIR

Regimental number6618
Date of birth11 December 1885
Place of birthGrenfell, New South Wales
SchoolAdelago Public School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGranfell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J T Keir, Fifeshire, Grenfell, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 December 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 32731 Gunner Lawrence Reginald Campbell LYNCH, 2nd Division Medium Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 25 March 1919.
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War service: enlisted Show Grounds, Sydney, 11 December 1919. Embarked Sydney, 7 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, 11 April 1917, transferred to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 11 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France from Southampton, 17 October 1917; taken on strength, 20th Bn, 25 October 1917.

Wounded in action, France, 11 August 1918; admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 13 August; rejoined unit from hospital, 2 November 1918. On leave in the United Kingdom, 6-23 November 1918. Embarked for Australia from Plymouth on board the 'Miltiades', 19 June 1919. Discharged in Sydney, 15 September 1919. Total war service: 2 years 279 days (of which 2 years 183 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAlias: John Thomas KEAR
Date of death28 June 1955
Age at death60
Place of burialGrenfell Cemetery, New South Wales

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