John was a labourer in Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, 13th Reinforcements, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column on the 15th of October 1915, aged 19. He embarked aboard the HMAT A19 Afric in January 1916 and disembarked in Egypt. In February he is posted to No. 2 Section and then appointed Driver before embarking from Alexandria, Egypt in March.
After disembarking at Marseilles, France, John was transferred to No. 4 Section in May 1916. In May 1917 John was admitted to hospital for a few days - trench fever. He was granted two weeks leave in England in late July, and again in March 1918. However in late December 1917 he was recommended for a Mention in Despatches while in the Small Arms Ammunition Section:-
...Drivers Tracey and Lowe [sic] showed marked coolness and devotion to duty. While proceeding to a forward position the rattle of the wagon drew heavy machine-gun and shell fire from the enemy, and to avoid casualties we were forced to unhook and abandon the wagon. We afterwards returned and bagged the wheels to deaden the sound, and delivered the load at the appointed position, still under fire…Source: Recommendation for Mention in Despatches
John returned to England in April 1919 and embarked aboard the Nestor in May, returning to Australia in July and was discharged from the AIF in August.
John enlisted in the Australian Army at Charlton, VIC in 1942 - V362545 - and was a Private in the 15th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps, Bendigo when discharged in 1945.
John died at Heidelberg, VIC in 1957, aged 60.
He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918.
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