John Montague (Jack) COLLETT


COLLETT, John Montague

Service Number: 5968
Enlisted: 20 December 1915, Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Wynyard, Tasmania, 12 April 1898
Home Town: Wynyard, Waratah/Wynyard, Tasmania
Schooling: Launceston High School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Cerebro spinal meningitis, Military Hospital, Devonport, England, 27 November 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery
Row C, Grave 4969
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5968, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Melbourne
2 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5968, 22nd Infantry Battalion
2 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5968, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
27 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5968, 22nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

John Montague COLLETT was born on 12th April, 1898 at Wynyard, Tasmania

His parents were John Thomas COLLETT & Anne COULL (COWELL)

He had previously served for 2 years in the Tasmanian Cadets & 2 years in the Victorian Cadets before he enlisted in Melbourne on 20th December, 1915 and embarked on 2nd October, 1916 with the 22nd Battalion, 16th reinforcements on the ship HMAT Nestor

John died of cerebro spinal meningitis at the Military Hospital in Devonport , England on 27th November, 1916 and is buried in the Plymount (Efford) Cemetery

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal


His brother Thomas Keith COLLETT (SN7612) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919