John Charles Ernest RISELEY


RISELEY, John Charles Ernest

Service Number: 4019
Enlisted: 19 August 1915, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: Shipwrights Point, Tasmania, 8 September 1881
Home Town: Scottsdale, Dorset, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sawmiller
Died: Died of wounds (accidental), France, 13 April 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Roll of Honour, Legerwood Memorial Park
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4019, 12th Infantry Battalion, Claremont, Tasmania
24 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4019, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4019, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
13 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4019, 47th Infantry Battalion

Such Bad Luck

LCpl John Charles Riseley was accidentally killed. He was camping at a sugar refinery near Bullecourt the first night after coming out of the lines and the men had lit a fire to warm themselves. Unfortunately they lit the fire on top of an unexploded bomb. The heat caused it to explode wounding him about the body. He was placed on a stretcher and taken away to a dressing station. He died of his wounds on 13 April 1917. He is buried at Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetary Extension in France. He is also commemorated with a wooden statue as part of the Avenue of Honour at Legerwood, Tasmania. Prior to the call to Arms he was a saw Miller at nearby Scottsdale.

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