Service Number: 3769
Enlisted: 15 August 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Kapunda, South Australia, 10 June 1885
Home Town: Kapunda, Light, South Australia
Schooling: Kapunda Public School
Occupation: Store Manager
Died: Daw Park Repatriation Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia, 13 August 1964, aged 79 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
RSL, Wall 136, Niche D002
Memorials: Ceduna Denial Bay and Districts WW1 Roll of Honor, Kapunda Congregational Church Memorial Window, Kapunda District WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3769
21 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 3769, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Commonwealth embarkation_ship_number: A73 public_note: ''
21 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 3769, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
15 Aug 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 3769

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Father Robert Brewster (b. 1840 - d. 24/1/1890) and
Mother Mary Harris Brewster (nee McLaren)
(b. 1852 in Scotland - d. 31/12/1930 Kapunda, SA)
Parents and siblings lived at Maxwell Street, Kapunda, SA prior to enlisting.
(both parents are buried in Kapunda Cemetery, Kapunda, South Australia)

John's wife: Mrs Clara Brewster, Kapunda, South Australia

Robert Brewster  b. 08/11/1886 Kapunda, SA - d. 31/07/1917 France
Jessie Dermody (nee Brewster)  b. 12/03/1883 - d. 19/05/1954 Kapunda, SA
  m. 12/09/1916 William Patrick Dermody
       (b. 01/09/1887 - Allendale North, SA - d. 17/09/1931 Tapley's Hill, SA)
John Brewster  b. 10/06/1885 Kapunda - d. 13/08/1964 Daw Park, SA
   m. ___ Clara Brewster
William Brewster  b. 23/06/1888 Kapunda - d. 21/08/1968 Adelaide, SA
   m. 11/12/1920  Cora Kay Brewster (nee Trestrail) Methodist Church Prospect North, SA
   b. Cora - 03/05/1890 Williamstown, SA
Alice Sorrell (nee Brewster)  b. 02/03/1890 Kapunda, SA - d. 03/07/1971 Hazelwood Park, SA
  m. Harry Randolph Sorrell
  b.  Harry - 06/01/1887 Norwood, SA - d. 02/12/1970 Hazelwood Park, SA

Next of kin in service  (brother):
Private 2144 Robert Brewster - 43rd Infantry Battalion
04/05/1916  enlisted into WWI at Broken Hill, NSW
12/08/1916  embarked Outer Harbour, SA onboard HMAT A70 Ballarat
                   as a Private with 50th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
30/09/1915  disembarked into Plymouth, England
25/10/1916  taken on strength of 43rd Infantry Battalion, England
31/07/1917  received gun shot wound to abdomen, received in action at Warneton, France
                   admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Messines, France
                   later same day, died of these wounds
buried in:     Trois-Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France
                   Plot I, Row V, Grave 2

John was described on enlisting as 31 years 2 months of age; married; 5 ' 7" tall; 129 lbs;
fresh complexin; greye yes; light brown hair; Congregational

15/08/1916  enlisted into WWI in Adelaide, SA

05/09/1916  appointed to 9th reinforcements, 32nd Infantry, Mitcham Camp

21/09/1916  embarked Outer Harbour, SA onboard HMAT A73 Commonwealth
                   as a Private with 32nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement

08/10/1916  sick with Bronchitis, admitted to ships hospital, at sea
16/10/1916  discharged from hospital, onboard ship, at sea

14/11/1916  disembarked into Plymouth, England

08/04/1917  returned to Australia onboard HT Borombah, ex Plymouth

15/08/1917  discharged from service

Medal:         British War medal (17167)

Last lived at 26 Marion Place, Prospect, SA

13/08/1964   passed away at Daw Park, SA

cremated in: Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, SA
                    RSL, Wall 136, Niche D002                

Medals:        British War medal (44885) and Victory medal (44375)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  30/04/2017.  Lest we forget.