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John Henry DERRICK

Regimental number2307
Place of birthTandara, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWood chopper
AddressNixon Street, Benalla, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 6.5"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harriet Meatherringham, Nixon Street, Benalla, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of eyesight)
Enlistment date19 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 August 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 December 1918
Age at death from cemetery records42
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery, Victoria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
128
Discharge date13 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 20 October 1916; transshipped to HT 'Borda', Sierre Leone, 2 December 1916; found guilty, 18 December 1916, at sea, of sleeping on his post, 12 December: awarded 24 hours' detention; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched in to 10th Training Bn, 10 January 1917.

Found guilty, 20 January 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 18 January, to 9.30 am, 19 January 1917: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, 23 January 1917; discharged, 27 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 27 March 1917.

Marched in to 10th training Bn, 27 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; taken on strength, 37th Bn, in the field, 8 May 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 30 January 1918; rejoined Bn, 31 January 1918 (no further details recorded).

On leave to England, 19 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 9 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 29 August 1918 (gun shot wound, right arm), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, 29 August 1918; transferred to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 August 1918; to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 31 August 1918; transferred to England, 2 September 1918, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 3 September 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 20 September 1918.

Found guilty, 29 September 1918, of being absent without leave from 2000, 25 September, until admitted to hospital, 26 September 1918: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay; total forfeiture: 2 days' pay.

Discharged from 3rd Auxiliary Hospital on furlough, 16 October 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 30 October 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 27 October 1918 (influenza); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 4 November 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 16 November 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot from hospital, 14 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Takada', 254 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 11 February 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 13 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died in 11th Australian General Hospital, 13 June 1919 (acute appendicitis).
Date of death13 June 1919
SourcesNAA: B2455, DERRICK John Henry

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