John Edwin ANDREWS


ANDREWS, John Edwin

Service Number: 2049
Enlisted: 15 February 1915, Place of enlistment - Melbourne
Last Rank: Saddler Corporal
Last Unit: 5th Divisional Ammunition Column
Born: Fitzroy, Melbourne Victoria, 1891
Home Town: Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Saddler
Died: Broncho Pneumonia, Fovant, United Kingdom, 2 February 1919
Cemetery: Fovant (St. George) Churchyard
Plot I, Row G, Grave 6 Headstone Inscription " PEACE PERFECT PEACE"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2049, 6th Field Ambulance, Place of enlistment - Melbourne
15 Apr 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Field Ambulance
17 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2049, 2nd Field Ambulance, Embarked on HMAT 'A20' Hororata from Melbourne on 17th April 1915, disembarking Egypt.
28 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2049, 2nd Field Ambulance, Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli. Embarked for Malta on 18th August 1915 with scalded foot and leg, admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital at Heliopolis on 5th September 1915 and was discharged for duty on 5th October 1915. Rejoined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on 21st October 1915.
3 Nov 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance , Stationed at Mudros.
24 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 14th Field Ambulance, Stationed at Serapeum, Egypt.
27 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Driver, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, Stationed at Moascar, Egypt.
20 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 2049, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, Embarked on HMT Huntsend from Alexandria, Egypt on 20th June 1916, disembarking Marseilles, France on 20th June 1916 to join British Expeditionary Force.
7 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Saddler Corporal, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column
3 Jan 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Saddler Corporal, SN 2049, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, Disembarked Southampton ex France and reported to Hurdcott 1915 Personnel for preparation to embark to Australia.
27 Jan 1919: Wounded AIF WW1, Saddler Corporal, SN 2049, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, Admitted to 2nd Group Hospital and transferred to Fovant Military Hospital with Influenza. Seriously ill and succumbed to illness on 2nd February 1919.
2 Feb 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Saddler Corporal, SN 2049, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Thomas and Charity Jose ANDREWS, husband of Elizabeth ANDREWS, of 52 Seymour Road, Elsternwick, Victoria. Born at Fitzroy, Victoria.


Burial Report regarding the Late 2049 Saddler Corporal Andrews

'Deceased was buried with full Military honours the coffin draped with the Australian flag being conveyed to the graveside on a Gun-carriage preceded by a Firing Party from No. 4 Australian Command Depot Hurdcott.  Six of the deceased's late Unit comrades supported the Pall. 

"The Last Post" was sounded and volleys fired over the grave.  A number of Australians followed the remains and were present at the graveside ceremony.

Headquarters A.I.F. Depots in United Kingdom were represented at the funeral.'

The Officiating Clergyman was Chaplain H. S. Parsons (Pres) Y.M.C.A. Hurdcott Wiltshire

Date of interment - 7th February 1919


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 2nd February........John Edwin Andrews was born at Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria in 1890. He enlisted in Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 1st October, 1914 as a 24 year old Saddler & Toolmaker. He had previously served with the Royal Navy.
John Edwin Andrews re-enlisted on 15th February, 1915. He joined 2nd Field Ambulance at Gallipoli on 28th July, 1915. He was invalided to Egypt from Malta on 18th August, 1915 with a scalded leg. Private Andrews reported for duty at Anzac on 3rd November, 1915. He disembarked at Alexandria on 3rd December, 1915 & eventually arrived in France on 30th June, 1916.

Appointed as Saddler Corporal on 7th September, 1916.
Saddler Corporal Andrews disembarked at Southampton, England from France on 3rd January, 1919 & to report to Hurdcott, Wiltshire (No. 4 Command Depot) as part of 1915 Personnel – ready for return to Australia. He was admitted to No. 2 Group Hospital at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 26th January, 1919 with Influenza (Bronchitis) then was transferred & admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire on 28th January, 1919 suffering from Influenza & Broncho Pneumonia.
Corporal Saddler John Edwin Andrews died at 17.00 hrs on 2nd February, 1919 at Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England from Influenza & Broncho Pneumonia.