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John Bernard MUNNS

Regimental number1385
Place of birthNottingham, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBarman and electrician
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 6"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Clara M Munns, 51 Waterloo Promenade, Nottingham, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDivorced his wife, September 1915.
FateReturned to Australia 11 March 1916
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Peter Dennis
Discharge date19 June 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 28 April 1915 (gun shot wound, left arm); admitted to Military Hospital, Valetta, Malta, 4 May 1915; transferred to England, and admitted to Western General Hospital, Manchester, 28 June 1915.

Medical report, 16 January 1916: 'Left Gallipoli on the 28th April 1915 with a G.S.W. Left arm which has left no disability. He complains of great depression, sleeplessness, and excitability. On being included in a Draft for return to his unit, he attempted suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. And says that in his present state he cannot face the idea of going back to his unit.'

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic' from Portland, 11 March 1916; discharged (medically unfit: nervous breakdown), Adelaide, 19 June 1916.

War service: 1 year 195 days (of which 1 year 82 days was abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 June 1924 Port Adelaide, South Australia
Age at death39
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (6 West 1), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, MUNNS John Bernard

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