John Leslie CHRISTIE

Regimental number3054
Place of birthLang Lang, Victoria
AddressBeaconsfield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, William C Christie, Beaconsfield, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Age at death26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 58th Bn from 6th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 23 February 1916; taken on strength of 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 8 March 1916 (tonsilitis); transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916; discharged and rejoined unit, 17 March 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 March 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, 24 March 1916.

Found guilty, 27 March 1916, or being absent from parade between 1400 hours and 1600 hours: awarded 4 hours' pack drill and 1 week's fatigue.

Sick to hospital, 30 March 1916; rejoined unit, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted wounded and missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, 'presume buried in No Man's Land at 5J90 to 5K0250 Sheet Hazebrouck 5a'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 730602, 3113 Corporal J. MOSS, D Company, 59th Bn, 19 June 1917: 'On the 19th July, 1916, we were attacking the Germans at Fleurbaix on the Armentieres front. I saw Christie go over the top and did not see him again, I was told by one of his mates, Pte. 3034, Frickleton, of the 59th Btn., D. Co., 15th Platoon, that he had seen him killed.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHRISTIE John Leslie
Red Cross file 730602