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John Watson STUBBS

Regimental number219
Date of birth1897
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationElectrical fitter
Address32 Church Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5'9.25"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, J.W. Stubbs, 32 Church Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (1897 quota - 55B)
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
Promotion date: 5 August 1917

Lieutenant


Promotion date: 1 July 1920

FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Discharge date13 February 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, Mena, Egypt, 16 March 1915 (tonsillitis); discharged, 19 March 1915.

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, Anzac Cove, 27 June 1915 (sore foot); discharged, 28 June 1915.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, Anzac Cove, 8 July 1915 (earache); discharged, 10 July 1915.

Found guilty, 17 January 1916, of being absent from 0645 hours parade: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 8 February 1916 (circumcision); discharged to duty, 15 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

To hospital, 23 June 1916; rejoined unit, 27 June 1916.

To hospital, 31 October 1916; rejoined unit, 2 November 1916.

Attached to 1st Division School of Instruction, 30 January 1917.

Admitted to No 36 Casualty Clearing Station, 10 February 1917 (influenza); transferred to Ambulance Train, 10 February 1917; to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, 10 February 1917; discharged, 18 February 1917; rejoined 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 19 February 1917.

Transferred to No 2 Officers Cadet Bn, England, 1 April 1917; marched into No 2 Officers Cadet Bn, Cambridge, 7 April 1917, and selected to attend course at No 4 Officers Cadet Bn, Oxford, the same day.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant and posted to General Infantry Reinforcements, 5 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 August 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, 19 August 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 21 August 1917; taken on strength of 8th Bn, 23 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917, and placed on Seconded List the same day; admitted to No 3 Australian Field Ambulance, 4 October 1917 (shrapnel wound, leg and arm); transferred to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station, 4 October 1917 (gunshot wound to left leg that required amputation below knee, No 10 Casualty Clearing Station, 4 October 1917; also suffered gunshot wounds to right thigh and calf, and left arm); to No 19 Ambulance Train, 15 October 1917; to British Red Cross Hospital, Le Touquet, 15 October 1917; to England, 30 December 1917; to No 3 London General Hospital, 30 December 1917; placed on Supernumerary List, 4 January 1918; to No 6 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Wellin, 30 January 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 24 February 1918.

To No 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 25 February 1918; to No 6 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Wellin, 20 March 1918; fitted with artificial limb, April 1918, but unable to wear it after 2 months; to No 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 9 October 1918; to No 6 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Wellin, 3 January 1919: Note, five operations were performed, the last in October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 23 March 1919; appointment terminated (discharged: medically unfit) Melbourne, 13 February 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 September 1929
Age at death32
Place of burialBurwood Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, STUBBS John Watson

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