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John Howard CHERRY

Regimental number2144
Place of birthCamberwell, Victoria
SchoolGeelong Grammar School, Victoria; Scotch College, Melbourne, VIctoria
AddressGlen Iris, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinFather, Dr Thomas Cherry, High Street, Glen Iris, Victoria
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (4 years, 2nd Lieutenant 6 month); 46th Infantry (12 months, Lieutenant)
Enlistment date17 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 May 1916
Place of enlistmentPrahran, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance (northern sector of battle)
Age at death22
Place of burialMericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row G, Grave No. 1), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 1 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 7 December 1916, and reverts to the rank of Private.

Promoted Acting Sergeant with Extra Duty Pay, 8 December 1916; reverts to the rank of Private, 28 December 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 28 December 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, 29 December 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 5 March 1917.

On Command at 5th Division Training School, 14 May 1917; rejoined unit, 27 May 1917.

On Command at Pigeon School, 25 June 1917; rejoined unit, 28 June 1917.

On Command to Corps Intelligence School, 22 July 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 5 August 1917.

Rejoined unit from Corps Intelligence School, 8 August 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 12 September 1917; rejoined unit, 14 September 1917.

Detached to England for duty with 15th Training Bn, 28 September 1917; marched into 15th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 2 October 1917.

On Command at Drill Course, Jellalabad Barracks, 8 October 1917; marched into 15th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 3 November 1917.

Attached to Permanent Cadre of 'C' Company, 15th Training Bn, Codford, 21 November 1917.

On Command at Anti-Gas School, Chiseldon, 2 March 1918; marched into 15th Training Bn, Codford, 9 March 1918.

Married Gladys Florence Greenland, St Mary's Church, Codford, Wiltshire, 9 March 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 April 1918; marched into No 4 Medical Board Base Depot, Calais, 1 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 4 April 1918; rejoined 59th Bn, 8 April 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Buried by Reverend F.C. Bremen, Merricourt l'Abbey Cemetery, 8 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHERRY John Howard

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