Badge Number: S3939

KAIN, John

Service Number: 1698
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Orroroo, Orroroo/Carrieton, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Natural Causes, Orroroo, date not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1698, 50th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1698, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
27 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1698, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Tanase Austin

John Kain was a grocer before he decided to serve Australia as a soldier. He joined the army on the 28th of February, 1916, in Adelaide and embarked from Adelaide on the HMAT A60 Aeneas on the 11th of April, 1916.

He transferred from the 13th Training Battalion to the 50th Battalion on the 30th of May, 1916, then to the 50th Battalion 2nd Reinforcement which was trained in Egypt afterwards.

Arriving in France on the 11th of June, 1916, he fought in a big battle at Mouqet Farm where more than 20,000 people were lost. The 50th Battalion fought between the 13 and 15th of August.

He was admitted to a hospital in France on the 16th of June, 1916, then invalided to England with rheumatism which is a sickness that causes inflammation in the joints. He then was admitted to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital on the 6th of November, 1916, with myalgia which is a very bad pain in a group of muscles.

John spent a lot of time having illness from fatigue which is general exhaustion. When fighting in the trenches soldiers would get very tired from strenuous work.

He then was discharged for general disability on the 12th of May, 1917.

Altogether he served one year and 115 days.  He came back to Orroroo and lived to 74 with his wife and was buried in the Orroroo cemetery. He was buried by a relative, Reverend Kain.

No record of any family has been recorded other than his wife Catherine Kain.