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Bacchus Marsh
Avenue of Honour

Gunner John Herbert Chambers

Service No.:
7th Medium Trench Mortar Battery
Tree No.:
Planted by:
Miss M Chambers (Sister)
Image of plaque on tree N051 for John Chambers
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Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

John Chambers was born Jack Roscelyn Chambers, in 1897, at Heathcote, VIC, to George Chambers and Ann Sims. He had two brothers, Harold and Francis, who are also remembered in the Avenue.

Headstone for John Chambers
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Headstone for John Chambers
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Headstone for John Chambers.
Courtesy of Carol & George Judkins.

John was a Draper in Ballan, VIC, when he enlisted in the AIF at Ballarat, VIC, on the 1st of January 1917. Prior to this he had enlisted twice, first in September 1915 and then again in January 1916 - both times he was discharged due to his being a member of the 8th Australian Garrison Artillery and not having permission to enlist. After successfully enlisting, John embarked from Sydney, aboard the HMAT A16 Port Melbourne, with the 58th Battalion, 9th Reinforcements.

It was the middle of August 1917 when John disembarked at Liverpool, England. In November he transferred to the Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery. Upon arriving in France, in January 1918, he transferred to the 4th Division Artillery, 10th Field Artillery Brigade and in May, John transferred to the 7th Medium Trench Mortar Battery. He was in hospital for a month with influenza in December, before returning to England in January 1919. While in England he was AWOL for two weeks at the end of March and awarded 27 days forfeit of pay.

On the 1st of May 1919 John embarked for Australia aboard the China, disembarking in June, before he was discharged in July 1919. John died in 1958, aged 62 and is buried in Maddingley Cemetery, Bacchus Marsh.

He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour and the Ballan War Memorial.


  1. His name is mistyped on the Plaque - it should be J.H. Chambers.
  2. RBA stands for Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery
    When he went to France he transferred to the 4th Division Artillery - first in the 10th Field Artillery Brigade and later the 7th Medium Trench Mortar Battery.

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Last updated by lee, Tue, 30 Mar 2021 20:16:57