John William ANNEAR

ANNEAR, John William

Service Numbers: 759, 6214
Enlisted: 5 February 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Divisional Train
Born: Gisborne, Victoria, 15 February 1897
Home Town: Windsor, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
Memorials: Gisborne State School Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Mar 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 759, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 759, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
5 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6214, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6214, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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11 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6214, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
8 Jan 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6214, Tunnelling Companies
2 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6214, 7th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
7 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6214, 2nd Divisional Train
19 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 6214, 1st Divisional Train
29 Mar 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6214, 1st Divisional Train
9 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Father Frederick L Annear and Mother Caroline May Annear, and
Sister Irene Marion Annear;  living at 76 Peel Street, Windsor, Victoria.
(22/2/1923 mother moved to 254 Drummond St, Carlton, Victoria).

Next of kin in service:
Brother     6952 Private Charles Frederick Annear (28 years old) 
                (prior to embarking, last lived at 76 Peel Street, Windsor, VIC)
                12/10/1916  enlisted in Melbourne
                23/11/1916  embarked on board HMAT Hororata A20
                26/4/1918    killed in action at Hamel
                buried in       Caestre Military Cemetery, Caestre, France

John was described on enlisting as 18 years 1 month old; single;
5' 8 3/4" tall; 10 stone 10 lbs; fresh complexion; blue eyes; brown hair;
"J" tatoo on left forarm and another tattoo on left wrist; Church of England

Service #759 - John Annear
18/3/1915     Enlisted  in Melbourne, Victoria

1/5/1915       Commanding Officer appointed John to D Company,
                    22nd Battalion, Broadmeadows Camp

10/5/1915     Embarked at Port Melbourne on board HMAT A38 Ulysses
                    as a Private in D Company, 22nd Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Brigade                  

15/8/1915     Returned to Australia on board Hospital Ship HMAT A32 Themistocles
                    ex Suez, Egypt

29/8/1915     transferred to Base Details

8/2/1916       Discharged - medical unfit


Married    Elsie Maud Annear, living at 16 Eureka Street, North Richmond, VIC.

Previous service:  328 days in AIF

Service #6214 - John William Annear

Described on "2nd enlisting" as 19 years old; married; 5' 8 1/2" tall; 10 stone
13 lbs; fresh complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; "J" tatoo on left forarm;
Church of England

5/2/1916        Enlisted in Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria

5/2-9/3/1916  16th Depot Battalion, Bendigo

10-30/3/1916  16th reinforcements/7th Battalion, Broadmeadows Camp

30/3-21/7/1916 Langwarrin Camp

8/9/1916         Commanding Officer appointed John to 20th reinforcements,
                      7th Infantry Battalion, Castlemaine Camp

11/9/1916       Embarked from Port Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT Euripides A14
                      as a Private with 20th reinforcements, 7th Infantry Battalion
26/10/1916     disembarked into Plymouth, England 

30/10/1916     marched out to 2nd Training Battalion

16/11/1916     proceeded overseas to France to join unit, on board SS Victoria,
                      from Folkestone, England

4/12/1916       taken on strength into 7th Infantry Battlion (from reinforcements)

20/12/1916     admitted sick (trench feet) to hospital
19/1/1917       transferred to 4th Command Depot - trench feet, Havre, France
18/2/1917       transferred to hospital, Etaples, France

8/3/1917         rejoined unit in France

12/3/1917       detached from 7th Infantry Battalion for duty with 2nd Australian
                      Light Train Battalion, France

10/9/1917       admitted to hospital - accidental injury
16/11/1917     rejoined unit

8/1/1918         detached from 7th Infantry Battalion for duty with 177th Tunnelling

28/1/1918       rejoined 7th Infantry Battalion

The 7th Infantry Battalion spent much of ensuing winter in the Ypres mud.

In March and April 1918 the 7th helped stop the German spring offensive in northern
France and later participated in the Allies' own great offensive of 1918.

15/3/1918       accidental injury - left side of chest
18/3/1918       evacuated to hospital
25/3/1918       rejoined unit in France

7/5/1918         transferred to 2nd Australian Light Train Battalion, France

23/8/1918       wounded on action - remained on duty

19/11/1918     transferred from 2nd Australian Light Train Battalion to
                      No.3 Company, AAPC, 1st Division Train in France

19/11/1918     Promoted to Driver

29/3/1919       reverted to rank of Private

3/4/1919         Embarked for England, ex Havre, France
4/4/1919         disembarked into Southampton, England

20/5/1919       Embarked on board Nestor, ex Liverpool,  for return to Australia
2/7/1919         disembarked into Australia

9/8/1919         discharged from service in AIF

British War medal (53322) and Victory medal (52187)

12/8/1920       Son - Leonard Jack Annear

25/10/1941      Leonard Jack Annear enlisted in WWII (#NX49646)
                       a Private in 2nd/19th Autralian Infantry Battalion
20/2/1945        Died in illness as a POW in service - Borneo, Malaya

2/12/1953       John was living at 31 Edgeware Road, Enmore, NSW.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  9/5/2015.  Lest we forget.