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Regimental number298
Place of birthAbertilly, Monmouthshire, Wales
SchoolWarm turn, Abertilly, Wales
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
Address30 Evelyn Street, Abertillery, South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs A J Legge, 30 Evelyn Street, Abertillery, South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 February 1915
Place of enlistmentBundaberg, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialHem Farm Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row H, Grave No. 15), Hem-Monacu, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Brother of Mrs A. Legge, 7 Newport Road, Bedwas, Newport, Mon., Wales. Born at Abertillery, Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915; evacuated Gallipoli for Mudros and proceeded to Alexandria, 9 January 1916.

Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, Marseilles France, 19 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916; admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 5 August 1916; transferred to Ambulance Train, 5 August 1916; to 11th General Hospital, 5 August 1916 (gun shot wound, right hand); to England, 9 August 1916; admitted to 56th Luke's Hospital, Halifax, 10 August 1916; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 October 1916.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, 31 October 1916.

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 4 December 1916; found guilty, 5 December 1916, of being absent without leave from midday, 29 November 1916, to 6 pm, 1 December 1916: awarded 48 hours detention; forfeited a total of 2 days pay.

Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 1 January 1917; marched into Australian Details Camp, 11 January 1917.

Found guilty, 24 January 1917, of (1) breaking camp; (2) being absent without leave from 8am to 10 pm, 22 January 1917: awarded 168 hours detention; forfeited a total of 9 days pay.

Found guilty, 20 February 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 4 February, to 11 pm, 19 February 1917: awarded 15 days detention; forfeited a total of 30 days pay.

Found guilty, 3 April 1917 at District Courts Martial, Perham Downs, of (1) when on active service disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer, 9 March 1917; (2) using insubordinate language to his superior officer; (3) using threatening language to his superior officer; pleaded not guilty to all charges: awarded 1 year imprisonment with hard labour; forfeited a total of 391 days pay; this charge commuted to 1 year detention on 12 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 August 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 26 August 1917; marched out to 7th Field Company Engineers, 29 August 1917; taken on strength, 31 August 1917.

On leave to Paris, 23 January 1918; rejoined unit, Belgium, 4 February 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, Belgium, 24 March 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to 6th Australian Field Ambulance Dressing Station, 26 March 1918; discharged to duty, 29 March 1918; rejoined unit, 29 March 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, France, 2 June 1918 (accidental injury, left foot); transferred to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 June 1918; discharged to duty, 14 June 1918; rejoined unit, 14 June 1918.

Killed in action, France, 31 August 1918.

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

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