John Henry ANGWIN


ANGWIN, John Henry

Service Number: 2554
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Pioneer Battalion
Born: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, January 1881
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Groom
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 15 October 1917
Cemetery: Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2554, 8th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
15 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2554, 8th Infantry Battalion, SS Makarini, Melbourne
15 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, SN 2554, 1st Pioneer Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

2554 Private John Henry Angwin 1st Australian Pioneers AIF, killed in action 15th October 1917.

John Angwin worked at Barooga Station for several years. He enlisted in Melbourne during June 1915, a well built man standing over 180 cm tall and weighing about 80 kilograms. He served with the 8th Battalion on Gallipoli during December 1915 then transferred to the Pioneers in Egypt. The Pioneers were a battalion attached to a division, where the men were trained to carry out light engineering and infantry duties. Angwin arrived in France in early 1916, and was killed in action in Belgium 15th October 1917, at the age of 36, and he left his medals to his infant son William Henry Angwin. His grave is located at Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

The following notice appeared in the Cobram Courier in November 1917,

“A soft speaking, nice mannered and splendidly-physiqued Australian in J. H. Angwin of Barooga Station was killed in action on 15th October, and the War has thus claimed one of the best framed men who enlisted from this district. Private Angwin worked on Barooga station for several years when Lieutenant Alan Macpherson was in control as manager, and after the latter left to do his bit Angwin also got into khaki and sailed some time last year for England. His was a conspicuous and fairly, frequent figure in the Cobram streets and the many friends he made while here will regret to learn of the loss of a gentleman by nature and behavior. He leaves a young son, who is living with his mother at Collingwood.”