John Joseph NOONAN

NOONAN, John Joseph

Service Number: 6057
Enlisted: 1 March 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tamleugh, Victoria, Australia, 17 April 1890
Home Town: Violet Town, Strathbogie, Victoria
Schooling: Tamleugh State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 15 July 1917, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Euroa Telegraph Park, Mooroopna Shepparton News Calendar & Pictorial Honour Roll of Fallen Heroes, Swan Hill War Memorial, Violet Town Honour Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6057, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6057, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Themistocles embarkation_ship_number: A32 public_note: ''
28 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6057, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
15 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6057, 37th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 6057 awm_unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-07-15

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NOONAN John Joseph 6057 PTE
37th Battalion

The third brother to enlist was John Joseph. He was nearly 26 years old when he enlisted on 18 March 1916. Born at Tamleugh, John was the second eldest child of John and Catherine (Sivyer). He was drafted into the 37th Battalion.

The 37th Battalion was formed in February 1916 at Seymour in Victoria.  Its recruits were drawn from Melbourne, north-east Victoria and Gippsland. After training in Australia and Britain it moved to France on 23 November 1916. It was this date that John, having arrived from Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles was taken on strength (TOS) of the 37th Battalion which began to occupy trenches on the Western Front, just in time for the terrible winter of 1916/17.  On 1 June 1917 John was invalided to an isolation hospital suffering from impetigo. On 18 June he re-joined his unit which was fighting its first major battle at Messines in Belgium.

On 1 July, a month after re-joining the battalion John was killed in action; the second of the Noonan boys to make the supreme sacrifice. He is buried at Kandahar Farm cemetery 2 ¼ miles WSW of Messines.

A notice in the Shepparton Advertiser dated 22 November 1917 states that . . . ‘two of the Noonan brothers gave their lives for their country, PTE John Joseph Noonan killed in action in France on 15 July 1917 and PTE Timothy Francis (Taddy) killed in action on 25 September 1917.’ 

Service Medals: British War Medal    Victory Medal                            

Memorials: A Memorial Scroll and Plaque were sent to James Noonan in 1924

Tree no 34 was planted in 1917 by F Mills

In 2013 a Ceratonia siliqua -  Carob tree  -   was planted in his honour by his grandnephew Vince Beard.

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