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Regimental number368
Place of birthMacclesfield, England
Addressc/o Mrs F Ellis, Wentworth Road, Burwood, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 5.25"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ada Daniels, c/o Mrs F. Ellis, Wentworth Road, Burwood, New South Wales
Previous military service5th Chershire Volunteers (discharged at own request)
Enlistment date22 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Martha DANIELS, husband of Ada Hitchins (Formerely (DANIELS), 21 Eton Street, Camperdown, New South Wales. Born in England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 16 August 1915.

Admitted to No 5 Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 4 October 1915 (febicula); transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 6 October 1915; to B.F. Ambulance, Mudros East, 8 October 1915; to Convalescent Depot (No 24 Casualty Clearing Station), Mudros East, 23 October 1915; marched into Anzac Advanced Base, Mudros East, 26 October 1915.

Found guilty, 28 October 1915, of disobedience of Routine Orders: award, reprimanded.

Rejoined 20th Bn, Gallipoli, 6 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 9 January 1916.

Promoted Sergeant Drummer, Moascar, 14 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Killed in action, 27 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DANIELS John

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