John Herbert (Herb) DEARMAN


DEARMAN, John Herbert

Service Number: 2628
Enlisted: 31 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Oakdale, South Australia, 6 September 1894
Home Town: Oakdale, Elliston, South Australia
Schooling: Oakdale Public School
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Died of wounds, Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Beersheba War Cemetery
Row D, Grave No. 53,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cummins War Memorial, Elliston War Memorial, Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1, Port Lincoln Garden of Remembrance
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World War 1 Service

31 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2628, Adelaide, South Australia
13 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 2628, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 2628, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
31 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 2628, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Battle of Beersheba

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal


Trooper J. H. (Herb.) Dearman, of the 3rd Light Horse, third, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Dearman, Oakdale Station, died of wounds in Palestine on October 31. He enlisted in January, 1916, sailed in the Mongolia in July and went into the firing line in September 1916. He was of a bright and happy disposition, and was much respected. He was born at Oakdale 23 years go, and lived on his father's station until he enlisted. His elder brother, Trooper F. W. (Will) Dearman, who enlisted in December, 1914, and was on Gallipoli, is still serving in the 3rd Light Horse." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 20 Nov 1917 (


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Friday 1 February 1918


Mr. and MRS. D. C. DEARMAN and FAMILY return sincere THANKS to their Majesties the King and Queen of England, the State Commandant, the Premier of South Australia, and all relatives and friends, for kind letters, wires, and verbal expressions of sympathy with them in their recent sad bereavement by the loss of their son and brother, Trooper John Herbert Dearman, at Beersheba, on 31st October, 1917. (

West Coast Sentinel (Streaky Bay, SA: 1912 - 1954) Saturday 2 November 1918


DEARMAN.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother (No. 2628), Trooper J. H. (Herb.) Dearman, 3rd Light horse who died of wounds, in Palestine, on October 31st, 1917.

We miss you from our home, dear Herb,

It's sweet to breathe your name;  

In life we loved you very dear,

In death we do the same.

—Inserted by his loving father, mother, brothers and sisters, also brother Will (on active service, Palestine). ( 

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA: 1895 - 1954) Saturday 5 November 1921


DEARMAN.— In sad but loving memory of   Trooper John Herbert Dearman, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, died of wounds 31st October, 1917. 

 In a soldier's grave he lies sleeping,

One of earth's noblest and best.

—Inserted by his loving aunt, Eliza, and cousins. (