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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: John 'Jack' Johnson
Name: Johnson, John
Also known as: Johnson, Jack
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2193
Place of Birth: Melbourne (Vic.)
Next of Kin: Robert Moon - friend ; Stockinbingil, N.S.W.
Occupation: Corporal Farrier
Date of Enlistment: 14-Oct-1915
Age at Enlistment: 27
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane (Qld.)
Unit: 11th Field Artillery Brigade
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1957-03-27
Place of Death: Sydney (N.S.W.)
Service History: In September 1914 Johnson, along with others, petitioned the Northern Territory Administrator, Dr Gilruth, for the right to enlist. In the letter Johnson was described as having served for three years previously in the Royal Horse Artillery completing survey work in India with the Engineers. His age was given as 22 which does not match with his enlistment age of 27 the following year. It would be six months before Johnson reached Townsville and was able to enlist. He departed Darwin on the SS 'Taiyuan' on Thursday 4 March 1915. Johnson left with a group of men from the Territory including Jim McDonald, Neil Boyle, Lucien Wetherby, R.W. Stirling, Percy Reaby, Dickason, G. Classen, Jeremiah Buckley and J. Beattie. McDonald reported back to the 'Northern Territory Times and Gazette' that the "First contingent all sworn in." Johnson left Sydney on the RMS 'Orontes' on 10 November 1915 with the 2nd Australian Remount Unit. McDonald wrote back from France in October 1916 that he had met up with: "Johnson who left Darwin with me... is a CSM now and I believe he will shortly get his commission." Returned to Australia on HS 'Dunluce Castle' 24 January 1918.
Related link: Nominal Roll
Embarkation Roll - RMS 'Orontes'
Service Record
"Volunteers for Active Service", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 1 October 1914: p.10.
"The Darwin Volunteers", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 18 March 1915: p.6.
"Our Boys at the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 8 November 1917: p.21.
Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : A Concise History of its Conception and Development by Clive Francis Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011: p.48.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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