John Thomas BYRT


BYRT, John Thomas

Service Number: 1121
Enlisted: 12 September 1914, Morphetville, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bagots Gap, South Australia, Australia, 26 July 1890
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Public School Kapunda, South Australia
Occupation: Loco Fireman SAR
Died: Illness (Measles and bronchial pneumonia), At sea (HMAT Ulysses), 20 January 1915, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at sea
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Chatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt, Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Mannahill War Memorial, Peterborough St Anacletus Catholic Church Honour Board WW1
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World War 1 Service

12 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphetville, South Australia, Australia
7 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT A32 Themistocles
27 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1121, 10th Infantry Battalion
27 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1121, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Tuesday 26 January 1915

Soldier's Death.

The District Commandant announces with regret the death of the following member of the Australian Imperial forces:— Pte. John Thomas Byrt, reinforcements, 10th Battalion, of measles and bronchial pneumonia, at sea, on January 20. His parents reside at Yunta. (


Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA: 1910 - 1924) Saturday 10 July 1915


Private E. C. Byrt, of the 16th Battalion, reported wounded in the fighting in the Gallipoli Peninsula, was immediately prior to his enlistment a resident of Glenelg. His brother (Private J. Thomas Byrt), who was also a resident, of Glenelg, died at sea on his way to Egypt with the second expeditionary force. Both the deceased and his brother (sons of Mr. T Byrt, of Yunta), were employed in the locomotive department of the South Australian railways, and were stationed at Glenelg. Private E. C. Byrt celebrated his twenty-first birth day while in Egypt. (


Biography contributed by Thano Karamanis

John Thomas BRYT was born on the 26 of July 1890 in Bagot’s Gap, South Australia. he was educated at the Public School Kapunda, South Australia. The occupation of John Thomas BRYT was a locomotive fireman. He lived in Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia.

On the 12th of September 1914 John Thomas BRYT enlisted for the AIF in Morphettville, South Australia. He embarked for duty with the AIF on HMAT Themistocles on December 7, 1914. John served with the 10th Infantry Battalion. On the 20th of the January 1915 John died at sea from measles and bronchial pneumonia.

The District Commandant announced with regret the death of the member of the Australian Imperial forces, Private John Thomas Byrt, of at sea, on January 20. John Thomas BRYT was buried at sea and memorialised at the Chatby Memorial in Egypt.