John Albert WETZLAR

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WETZLAR, John Albert

Service Number: 3995
Enlisted: 14 July 1915, Bendigo, Vic.
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Eaglehawk, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Eaglehawk State School No. 210, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Illness, Bath, United Kingdom, 23 October 1918
Cemetery: Bath (Locksbrook) Cemetery
Plot C, Row H, Grave 34
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Bendigo, Vic.
8 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion
8 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Melbourne
27 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Pozières
22 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm, SW to right leg. Evacuated to UK. Rejoined unit 16 February 1917.
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
26 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 23rd Infantry Battalion, France
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Menin Road
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Poelcappelle
10 Nov 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Belgium
4 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, Overseas Training Brigade, UK
7 May 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, 23rd Infantry Battalion, France
19 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens
1 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, GSW right leg (fractured). Evacuated to UK (War Hospital, Bath) where his right leg was amputated. He later developed pneumonia and died on 23 October 1918.
23 Oct 1918: Involvement Corporal, SN 3995, 23rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Cpl 3995 John Albert Wetzlar was wounded in action 1 September 1918 at Mont St Quentin (GSW right leg, compound fracture). He was eventually evacuated to War Hospital, Bath on 13 September 1918, where his right leg was amputated.

He later developed pneumonia and died at War Hospital, Bath, UK on 23 October 1918.