Dr. John Fitzmaurice Guy LUTHER


LUTHER, John Fitzmaurice Guy

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 6 October 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland, 26 March 1870
Home Town: Bundaberg, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: University of Dublin Medical School
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: Died of Wounds, Gallipoli, 25 August 1915, aged 45 years
Cemetery: No.2 Outpost Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bundaberg Christ Church Roll of Honour, Bundaberg War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, Brisbane, Queensland
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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"...Captain John Fitzmaurice Guy Luther, Medical Officer to the 15th Battalion, AIF... enlisted on 6 October 1914, landed at Gallipoli 25 April 1915 and was killed on 25 August 1915..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


The following fact concerning the regrettable death of Dr. Luther has been taken from a private letter received in Bundaberg on Wednesday:-

It seems that in one of the Fifteenth's brilliant charges the men were falling so quickly that Dr. Luther decided to leave his dug-out and take his dressing station right near the firing line. He was hit with a bomb on the back of the head and never gained consciousness. Captain Macgregory, medical officer of the 16th, had him carried on to the beach, and despite all they could do, he passed away. That is all we have heard so far. The writer adds that the men were making a most elaborate headstone for Dr. Luther's grave at Salt Lake, where he fell." - from the Maryborough Chronicle 08 Oct 1915 (nla.gov.au)


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

John Fitzmaurice Guy LUTHER was born in Dublin, Ireland on 26th March, 1870

His parents were John Fitzmaurice LUTHER and Jane Mary LITTON who married in St Peters Church, Dublin on 2nd March, 1861

He married Ida Tassie MOWBRAY on 10th April, 1900 in Queensland


1. Edward Fitzmaurice LUTHER

2. Guy Mowbray LUTHER

3. Ida Betty LUTHER

4. Jean Alice Kathleen LUTHER

His son Edward Fitzmaurice LUTHER served in WW2 ( QX6171) & (Q185087)

He became a Captain and was discharged in 1945