Stories of Remembrance

Army, First World War (1914-18)John Pratt,

John enlisted for war on 8 January 1916, and later embarked from Melbourne on 27 May 1916, aboard HMAT Ascanius
Dylan Company, St Monica's College, Epping

John Pratt was a Private of the 3rd Pioneer Battalion during the Great War. John was born in Epping, VIC in 1893. At the age of 23, John enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, and later became part of the 3rd Pioneer Battalion. At home, John was single and believed in the Roman Catholic faith. John was a Blacksmith and his next of kin was his father, John Pratt. Some of his personal characteristics were:

Height: 5’9 (175 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs. (64 kg)
Chest Measurement: 34 inches (86 cm)
Dark Complexion
Brown Hair & Eyes
Vaccinations Right Arm
3 moles on right shoulder & 4 moles on left shoulder

John enlisted for war on 8 January 1916, and later embarked from Melbourne on 27 May 1916, aboard HMAT Ascanius (Ship No. A11). John later disembarked at Devonport, England on 18 July 1916. John served from November 1916 - June 1918 but had several issues throughout the war. On 22 February 1917, John was admitted to the 10th Australian Field Ambulance with a Hysterical Fit. On 9 July 1917, John was transferred to the 2nd Australian General Hospital with Gingivitis. On 18 October 1917, John was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital, England with Epilepsy. After all these struggles, John left England on 12 March 1918, and arrived in Melbourne on 22 May 1918. John was later discharged from the A.I.F on 21 June 1918 and diagnosed with Epilepsy.
 

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