John Richard SELLS

SELLS, John Richard

Service Number: 5585
Enlisted: 22 January 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 5 December 1897
Home Town: Gayndah, North Burnett, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, 1 September 1930, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery
Portion 15, Section 24, Grave 17/18
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Reid's Creek No 261 Rifle Club Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5585, Brisbane, Queensland
20 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5585, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5585, 15th Infantry Battalion, SS Hawkes Bay, Sydney
9 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5585, 15th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm, GSW (leg)
25 Apr 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 5585, 15th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Darcy Maddock

AWM Roll of Honour (www.awm.gov.au) lists date of death as 01 Sep 1920 which is clearly an error when you read his funeral notice from 1930 on TROVE (trove.nla.gov.au) and see he died on 01 Sep 1930 well outside the date range for Roll of Honour inclusion.

In response to a querie the AWM Honour Roll assistant curator advised;

"Information relating to John Richard Sells’ death was provided to the Memorial by the Repatriation Department at the time of compiling the Roll of Honour in the 1940s. I have researched John Richard Sells’ death and established that his date of death is 1 September 1930, and have amended his Roll of Honour database record to reflect this date. It is a longstanding Memorial policy not to remove names from the Roll of Honour bronze panels in cases such as these. However, we will annotate our records for future reference, to note that his name was added to the Roll of Honour in error."

Son of Thomas James Joseph Sells and Margaret Jane Gowdy

"SELLS.—In loving remembrance of myLine 2.0.73 dear Son, John Richard Sells, who departed this life 1st September, 1930.

Upright and just to the end of his days.
Sincere and true in heart and mind.
What a beautiful memory to leave behind. - Inserted by his loving Mother, Brother, and Sister." - from the Courier Mail 01 Sep 1936 (nla.gov.au)

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