John (Jack) AYRE


AYRE, John

Service Number: 14
Enlisted: 9 December 1915, Newcastle, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: West Tamworth, New South Wales, 1894
Home Town: West Tamworth, Tamworth Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: West Tamworth Superior Public School
Occupation: Railway shunter
Died: Accidental (explosion), Belgium, 1 June 1917
Cemetery: Strand Military Cemetery
Plot 111, Row C, Grave 4
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Tamworth ANZAC Park Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

9 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 14, Newcastle, New South Wales
1 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 14, 35th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 14, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
1 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 14, 9th Light Trench Mortar Battery

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"...14 Private John Ayre, A Company, 35th Battalion, of Tamworth, NSW. Pte Ayre enlisted on 9 December 1915 and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Benalla on 1 May 1916. He later served with the 9th Light Trench Mortar Battery. Pte Ayre died of accidental injuries on 1 June 1917, when an ammunition dump exploded at Ploegsteert Wood, Belgium. He is buried at the Belgium 451 Strand Military Cemetery Ploegsteert..." - SOURCE (

8 December 1916 accidentally wounded - self inflicted

Died form wounds caused by the accidental explosion at an ammunition dump near Ploegsteert Wood

Son of Henry and Sarah Ayre of West Tamworth, New South Wales