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John OTTERSPOOR

Regimental number3900
Place of birthUtrecht, Holland, The Netherlands
SchoolTechnical High School, Holland
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionNo religion
OccupationEngineer
Address'Estor', Annerley Road, South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs Trintje Otterspoor, 'Estor', Annerley Road, South Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 February 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/16/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 13 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"My husband wasan anti-militarist. Deserted [left?] Holland for America in 1911. Died for his principle as he was anxious to help crush German Militarism." (details from widow, Cleveland, USA)
FateKilled in Action 22 May 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
174
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Servanus ahd Nenderika OTTERSPOOR; husband of T. OTTERSPOOR, 7027 Wade Park Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. Native of Utrecht, Holland
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1210 Arnold OTTERSPOOR, 11th Light Horse, returned to Australia; 464 Francis Jacobs OTTERSPOOR, 31st Bn, killed in action, Pozieres, France, 19 July 1916.

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