John James MEDLEY

MEDLEY, John James

Service Number: 986
Enlisted: 18 September 1914, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 28 June 1871
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Flinders Street Public School, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Provost Staff
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 14 May 1915, aged 43 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 3
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Fremantle 5th Military District Headquarters Administrative and Instructional Staff Honor Board, Parkside St Oswald Church J J Medley Memorial Picture
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 986, 11th Infantry Battalion, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
2 Nov 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant (CQMS), 986, 11th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli,

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2 Nov 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant (CQMS), 986, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 986, 11th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
14 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, 986, 11th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 986 awm_unit: 11 Battalion awm_rank: Company Quartermaster Sergeant awm_died_date: 1915-05-14

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Buried by his own son 2662 Cpl. John James Medley (/explore/people/220502) at Lone Pine on 14 May 1915

"The descendant of two Gallipoli veterans, 91 year old Cath Breen tells the story of her father Sergeant John James Medley and grandfather Quartermaster Sergeant John James Medley. The two men left Australia separately, one from Melbourne and one from Perth meeting unexpectedly in the training camps of Egypt.

“None of them knew where they were headed…although they left Australia on different ships they were both in the 11th Battalion and met up in Egypt. My father went to see my grandfather and my grandfather didn’t recognise him because he hadn’t seen him for a long time,” Cath says.

“They both went to Gallipoli on [April] the 25th. My grandfather was one of the first to get onto shore. My father didn’t land until the next morning.

“My father survived, my grandfather was killed on May 14th, a few weeks after the landing. He was buried in Lone Pine, where he still is. My father went and buried his father…so he was right there.”

Cath’s father survived through the French Campaign and returned to marry his sweetheart in Australia.

"He never talked about the war. I don’t think anybody who goes to war does." - READ MORE LINK (