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John Davis SNELL

Regimental number1741
Place of birthBlinman, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
Addressc/- Mrs James Borlace, Kadina, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 7.5"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Snell, c/- Mrs James Borlace, Kadina, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 March 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 November 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary SNELL
Discharge date4 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to 50th Bn from 13th Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 27 May 1916; taken on strength of 50th Bn, Railhead, 30 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Found guilty, 6 November 1916, of whilst on active service, being absent from 0800 parade: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 28 March 1917, and admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance the same day (gunshot wound, scalp); transferred to No 45 Casualty Clearing Station, 29 March 1917; to No 4 Ambulance Train, no date stated; to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 30 March 1917; to England, 17 April 1917; to No 1 Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, 17 April 1917 (gunshot wound, head, severe); to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 24 May 1917; discharged and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 May 1917.

Classified B1A3, 1 July 1917.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 June 1917.

Classified A3, 9 July 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 12 July 1917.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 16 August 1917 (Class C3).

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, 31 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Themistocles', 5 November 1917; disembarked Adelaide, 28 December 1917; discharged Adelaide (medically unfit: chronic bronchitis), 4 March 1918.

Total war service: 1 year 356 days (of which 1 year 262 days was abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death26 June 1935
Age at death61
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, SNELL John Davis

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