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Regimental number3013
Place of birthWaterhouse, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBunbury Street, Collie, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 3.5"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinWife, M E Archer, Bunbury Street, Collie, Western Australia
Previous military servicePreviously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of deficient chest measurement.
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 13 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Discharge date3 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 760 Pte Edward ARCHER, 16th Bn, killed in action, 27 August 1915; 4247 Pte Harry ARCHER, 16th Bn, returned to Australia, 26 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 29 June 1918, of charge of wilfully injuring himself with intent to render himself unfit for service; pleaded not guilty; found guilty; awarded 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour.

Sentence commuted to 90 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Anchises', 28 February 19191; disembarked Albany, 7 April 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 3 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Brinbury Street, Collie, Western Australia.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARCHER John

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