John Trainer BRETT

Regimental number4031
Date of birth16 November 1878
Place of birthAdelong, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressWiluna, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 6.25"
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Brett, Tumut, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 June 1916
Place of enlistmentWiluna, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 28 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918
Discharge date10 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 30 October 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 28 December 1916.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 26 January 1917 (not yet diagnosed); marched in to 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 7 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 19 July 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 19 August 1917 (scabies), and transferred same day to 4th Stationary Hospital, Arques; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 31 August 1917 (scabies, bronchial catarrh); marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 8 September 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 20 September 1917.

Admitted to 64th Field Ambulance, 9 October 1917 (scabies), and transferred same day to 50th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 13 October 1917.

Admitted to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 October 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin), and transferred to Ambulance Train No 16, 27 October 1917, and admitted to 11th Stationary hospital, Rouen, 28 October 1917; transferred to England, 11 November 1917 (trench fever), and admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 1 February 1918; discharged on furlough, 9 February 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 23 February 1918.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Sutton Veny, 26 April 1918 (bronchitis); discharged, 31 May 1918.

Found guilty of neglecting to obey AIF Headquarters Order No 426, viz out of bounds: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Sardinia', 19 October 1918 (chronic bronchitis); disembarked Fremantle, 16 December 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 10 May 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 March 1923
Age at death44
Place of burialTumut, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRETT John Trainer