John Leo (Jack) EGAN

EGAN, John Leo

Service Number: 4779
Enlisted: 16 November 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1898
Home Town: Richmond (V), Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: St Ignatius Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Leather worker
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 18 August 1916
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Plot III, Row Q, Grave No. 27, Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4779, 8th Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 4779, 8th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Wiltshire embarkation_ship_number: A18 public_note: ''
7 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 4779, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

John (Jack) Leo Egan was only 18 years and 4 months old when he was killed at Pozieres on the 18 August 1916. He put his age up about 12 months when he enlisted, and he had a letter from his mother supporting his enlistment. 

Jack Egan was serving with the Machine Gun Section of the 8th Battalion when he died, apparently killed by shell fire during an attack. He was buried on the battlefield and his remains were found in early 1920 and relocated to the Pozieres British Cemetery. 

His 20 year old brother, 1668 Pte. Thomas Francis Egan 24th Battalion AIF, had been killed in action at Pozieres 13 days before on the 5 August 1916.