John Bathurst (Jack) ISON


ISON, John Bathurst

Service Number: 1565
Enlisted: 9 December 1914, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Dubbo, New South Wales, 18 June 1896
Home Town: Dubbo, Dubbo Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Dubbo State School
Occupation: Farmer/Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 10 November 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dubbo District School Honor Roll, Dubbo Memorial Drive & Rose Garden, Dubbo Wesley Uniting Church WW1 Roll of Honour, Geurie Honour Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

9 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1565, Liverpool, New South Wales
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1565, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1565, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Sydney
7 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1565, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3rd Infantry Battalion
6 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 3rd Infantry Battalion
10 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1565, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 2nd Passchendaele

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"...1565 Corporal John Bathurst (Jack) Ison, 3rd Battalion, of Dubbo, NSW. Formerly a farmer and a labourer, Cpl Ison enlisted at Liverpool, NSW, on 9 December 1914 and as a member of the 3rd Reinforcements he embarked from Sydney, NSW, aboard HMAT Seang Choon (A49) on 11 February 1915. He served at Gallipoli and later on the Western Front where he was wounded in action on 27 July 1916 during the battle of Pozieres. After recovering, he returned to his unit and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 22 November 1916 and then to Corporal on 6 May 1917. He was killed in action at Passchendaele on 10 November 1917, aged 21 years" - SOURCE (

His father, Alfred Ison, 'Da', owned and farmed at The Loggerheads near Dubbo. His mother, Henrietta (nee Trebilcock) gave birth to 16 children, Jack being the 9th child. His nephew, John Bathurst Ison (Jack) Banks, born in 1922, the child of his sister Amelia Maud, born two years later than him, was named for the brother she lost during the war.