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John Wright RUSTEN

Regimental number1654
Date of birth23 October 1895
Place of birthGulgong, New South Wales
SchoolGulgong Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGulgong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, William George Rusten, Tallewang Road, Gulgong, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of wounds 10 July 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialSt Sever Cemetery Extension (Block Q, Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 14), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Gulgong Cemetery, New South Wales. Inscription reads: 'He rose responsive to his country, and gave for her, his best, his life, his all.' Parents: William George (b. 1853; d. 18 December 1932, bu. Gulgong Cemetery) and Sarah Jane (nee WRIGHT) RUSTEN (b. 1 September 1862; d. 26 October 1949; bu. Gulgong Cemetery)~
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 524 Pte Albert Patrick RUSTEN, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 11 May 1919; 1656 Gunner Joseph RUSTEN, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 20 May 1919; 1655 Gunner William John RUSTEN, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 22 May 1919.
Other details

War service: with Artillery Details, Maadi, Egypt, 27 December 1915. Taken on strength, 25th Howitzer Brigade, Tel-el-Kebir, 27 March 1916, and posted tp 13th Battery.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked at Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916. Transferred to 13th Field Artillery Brigade, 9 July 1916.

On leave, 6-19 July 1917. Transferred to Brigade Headquarters, 15 February 1918.

Died of concussion, 3rd Stationary Hospital Rouen, 10 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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