Service Number: 5220
Enlisted: 26 October 1915, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Pilliga, New South Wales, February 1894
Home Town: Gunnedah, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 4 December 1916
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gunnedah Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

26 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5220, Gunnedah, New South Wales
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5220, 4th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5220, 4th Infantry Battalion, SS Makarini, Sydney
28 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 56th Infantry Battalion
3 Dec 1916: Wounded Private, 5220, 56th Infantry Battalion, Shell wounds (leg and arm)
4 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5220, 56th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

John Talbott was a 21 year old married aboriginal man, living in Rosemary Street, Gunnedah when he enlisted in October 1915. He was placed in the 4th Battalion, 15th reinforcements, but was later transferred to the 56th Battalion.

Private Talbott arrived in France in June 1916.

His war didn't last long - five months later he received shrapnel wounds to the arm and right leg from a shell blast during the 56th Battalion's occupation of the trenches on the Somme. Severely wounded, he was admitted to the 36th Casualty Clearing Station on 4 December 1916 but died of his wounds a few hours later.

Private John Talbott was buried in the Heilly Station Cemetery near Corbie. He was 22 years old.

Credit: RG McLean