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John Benjamin SPRY

Regimental number6137
Place of birthMinlaton South Australia
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinMrs E Coleman, Broadbent Cottage, Wright Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6137A
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAnzac Provost Corps
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'During the attack on the 9th August 1918 South of FRAMERVILLE, near AMIENS, this man's Company met with heavy casualties. He was acting as stretcher bearer. Time after time he went out bandaging and carrying wounded men under a heavy enemy barrage of shell and machine gun fire, and it was mainly through his efforts that the whole of the wounded on his sector were cleared before nightfall.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 January 1943
Age at death61
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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