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Regimental number2909
Place of birthWoodville, South Australia
OccupationFelt hatter
AddressNorth Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 3.75"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Fanny Davis, 11 Mackinnon Parade, North Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF service on the grounds of vision)
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Discharge date10 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to Government Hospital, Suez, 14 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 4 July 1916 (conjunctivitis); discharged, and marched into 8th Training Bn, Larkhill, 10 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 6 September 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 21 September 1916; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 24 September 1916.

Admitted to No 15 Australian Field Ambulance, 10 February 1917 (defective vision); transferred to 4th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 10 February 1917; to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 10 February 1917; rejoined unit, 20 February 1917.

On leave to England, 27 August 1917; rejoined unit, 10 September 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 7 January 1918 (error of refraction); transferred to No 38 General Hospital, 7 January 1918; rejoined unit, 9 January 1918.

Evacuated to hospital, 12 September 1918; rejoined unit, 15 September 1918.

On leave, 3 October 1918; rejoined unit, 25 October 1918.

On leave to Paris, 17 February 1919; rejoined unit, 3 March 1919.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 17 April 1919; marched into No 5 Group, Weymouth, 24 April 1919.

Admitted to hospital, 29 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Melbourne', 5 July 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 18 August 1919; discharged Adelaide (termination of period of enlistment), 10 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 September 1969
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAVIS John

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