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John William SADLER

Regimental number535
Place of birthAllansford, Victoria
Other NamesJohn William
SchoolKolora State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressKalora via Terang
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24.10
Height5' 7.5"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, G Sadler, Kalora via Terang
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 April 1916
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 May 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Terang Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: George (d. 13 December 1946, aged 83; bu. Terang) and Elizabeth (d. 12 June 1903, aged 35; bu. Terang) SADLER
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3301 Pte Edward John SADLER, 29th Bn, killed in action, 27 January 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 14 October 1915 (pyrexia), and tasnferred same day to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to HS 'Valdivia'; transferred to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 18 October 1915 (influenza); to Enteric Camp, Port Said, 27 November 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HS 'Wandilla', 13 December 1915.

Discharged from 5th Australian General Hospital, 8 March 1916, as 'fit for duty'.

Re-embarked Melbourne, 28 July 1916, on board HT 'Themistocles', with 24th Bn, 13th Reinforcements; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 November 1916; taken on strength, 24th Bn, in the field, 9 January 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 18 March 1917.

Killed in action, 4 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SADLER John William

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