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John Henry CAIN

Regimental number6050
Place of birthGoolman near Ipswich, Queensland
SchoolPurga State School, Queensland
ReligionCongregational
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressLoamside, Ipswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Cain, Loamside, Ipswich, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 October 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A75 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularKilled in action.
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialCrucifix Corner Cemetery (Plot IX, Row E, Grave No. 21), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
104
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Henry and Mary CAIN, Loamside, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3071 Pte Ernest Allen CAIN, ........., returned to Australia, 8 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 27 October 1916; admitted to Ship's Hospital, 6 December 1916; discharged, 11 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917, and marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, the same day.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 25 January 1917 (laryngitis); discharged, 5 February 1917, and marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, the same day.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 3 March 1917 (influenza); marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 20 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917; marched into Base Depot, France, 6 April 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 8 April 1917; taken on strength of 25th Bn, in the field, 9 April 1917.

Admitted to No 7 Field Ambulance, 16 May 1917; transferred to to Divisional Rest Station, 26 May 1917; rejoined 25th Bn, 27 May 1917.

Admitted to West Riding Field Ambulance, 6 October 1917, and rejoined unit the same day (synovitis).

Admitted to No 5 Field Ambulance, 22 October 1917; discharged to duty, 28 October 1917, and rejoined unit the same day.

Admitted to No 7 Field Ambulance, Wisques, 6 March 1918, and transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Wisques, the same day (trench fever); discharged, 30 April 1918; rejoined unit, 8 May 1918.

Admitted to No 7 Field Ambulance, 10 May 1918, and transferred to No 61 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (pyrexia of unknown origin); to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 11 May 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 16 May 1918; discharged, 20 May 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, 21 May 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 26 May 1918; rejoined 25th Bn, 29 May 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAIN John Henry

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