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John Valentine ROSS

Regimental number113
Place of birthBundaberg, Queensland
SchoolNorth Bundaberg and South East State Schools, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressStewart Street, North Bundaberg, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 8"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, W. Ross, Stewart Street, North Bundaberg, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets and the Light Horse.
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
The Machine Gun Section of 31st Bn left from Melbourne on two ships, HMAT A62 'Wandilla', embarking on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41 'Bakara', embarking on 5 November 1915. From the Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish on which ship an individual sailed.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A61 Bakara on 5 November 1915
The Machine Gun Section of 31st Bn left from Melbourne on two ships, HMAT A62 'Wandilla', embarking on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41 'Bakara', embarking on 5 November 1915. From the Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish on which ship an individual sailed.
Regimental number from Nominal Roll113A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 23), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
179
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Ellen ROSS, Stewart Street, North Bundaberg, Queensland
Family/military connectionsCousin: 1098 Pte Herbert Thomas ROLLINSON, 42nd Bn, died of disease, 12 December 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, November 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 7 December 1915.

Transferred to 8th Machine Gun Company, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916, and taken on strength, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2360602, 121 Sergeant W. RUSSELL, 8th Machine Gun Bn, 21 January 1917: 'He was in my gun team on the 19th July at Fromelles and was killed about 6 p.m. on the evening of the 19th July 1916.'

Second Statement, 91 Sergeant A. PETERS, 8th Machine Gun Bn, 9 January 1917: 'He was killed on our parapet at Flore Bay (sic).'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROSS John Valentine
Red Cross File No 2360602

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