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John Albert WETZLAR

Regimental number3995
Place of birthEaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
AddressVictoria Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 4.5"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinFather, E.G. Wetzlar, Victoria Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateDied of disease 23 October 1918
Place of death or woundingMont St Quentin, France
Age at death22
Place of burialBath Locksbrook Cemetery (Plot C, Row H, Grave 34), Somerset.
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ernest George and Annie WETZLAR.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, Egypt, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 31 March 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Base Depot, Etaples, no date stated.

Proceeded to unit, 30 June 1916; taken on strength of 23rd Bn, 1 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 22 August 1916, and admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance the same day (shrapnel wound, right leg); transferred to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 23 August 1916; to No 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 24 August 1916; to England, 7 September 1916; to No 2 Western General Hospital, Manchester, 7 September 1916; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 21 November 1916; discharged to furlough, 27 November 1916; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 13 December 1916.

Marched into 6th Training Bn, Rollestone, 15 December 1916.

Found guilty, 3 January 1917, of (1) being absent without leave from 0830 hours, 30 December 1916, until 2030 hours, 30 December 1916: (2) neglecting to obey standing orders by being out of bounds without a pass: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks, and total forfeiture of 3 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 August 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 February 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 8 February 1917; rejoined 23rd Bn, 16 February 1917.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 26 May 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 10 November 1917.

Proceeded to England for duty, 1 January 1918; marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 4 January 1918, and attached to permanent cadre for duty.

Detached from Overseas Training Bde, 1 May 1918, and proceeded overseas to France the same day; marched into New Zealand Infantry and General Base Depot, Etaples, 2 May 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 4 May 1918; rejoined 23rd Bn, 7 May 1918.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 1 September 1918; admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 1 September 1918 (gunshot wound, right leg, with compound fracture of fibia); transferred to No 23 Casualty Clearing Station, 1 September 1918; to No 53 Casualty Clearing Station, 1 September 1918; to No 15 Ambulance Train, 2 September 1918; to No 11 Stationary Hospital, 2 September 1918; to England, 12 September 1918; to War Hospital, Bath, 13 September 1918 (right leg amputated).

Died, War Hospital, Bath, 23 October 1918.

Buried, Locksbrook Cemetery, 26 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WETZLAR John Albert

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