John Thomas (Jack) DILLON

DILLON, John Thomas

Service Number: 324
Enlisted: 27 April 1916, Randwick
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Stroud, New South Wales, Australia, 29 May 1877
Home Town: Gloucester, Gloucester Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Gloucester, New South Wales, Australia, 29 August 1938, aged 61 years
Cemetery: Gloucester General Cemetery, New South Wales, Australia
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World War 1 Service

27 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 324, 1st Machine Gun Company, Randwick
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 324, 1st Machine Gun Company
16 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 324, 1st Machine Gun Company, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
12 Jun 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 324, 1st Machine Gun Battalion , HT Port Darwin, England for return to Australia - arriving 27 July 1919
11 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 324, 1st Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

A well-known resident of the Barrington, John Thomas Dillon passed away at Gloucester on Monday, 29th August. The late Mr. Dillon was a son of John and Ann Dillon and was born at Stroud, 61 years ago. The family came to reside at Never Never, Barrington River, and the deceased lived there and at Bindera practically all his life. He served in the Great War with the A.I.F., being with the 1st Machine Gun Company in France.

He was a man who was held in the highest esteem by all with whom he came in contact, a good Churchman, a good neighbour, kindly in thought and action. He had been in hospital in Gloucester for the past nine weeks, but though he received every attention that medical science could give, his friends were given to understand that there was practically no hope for his recovery. He bore his cross, however, with the utmost cheerfulness and fortitude. The late Mr. Dillon was married to Miss Bridget Landers, of the Barrington, and his wife, with two children, Jack and Bill, survive him.

The sympathy of the district goes out to them in their time of sorrow. The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic portion of the Gloucester cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Father Bourke conducting the last sad rites. The funeral was a very largely attended one, representative of the whole district. The Gloucester Brass Band rendered appropriate music and Returned Soldier comrades marched in the procession. The pall bearers were: Messrs. I. Moore, A. J. B. Laurie, E. Jenkins and F. Stanwell.

An 'Anonymous Admirer' writes : 'Will you add my tribute to the memory of John Dillon :— "No one knows what Jack suffered, but in spite of it all, he climbed by sheer physical determination and intellectual integrity from one rung of the ladder to the top. And now Jack's gone. No more for us the vibrant grip, The kindling eye, the friendly quip; Another Digger has 'gone West,' To be with God, forever blest. Goodbye old pal. Thy Last Post sounds; but friendly hand Awaits you on that distant strand; And in those hearts you leave behind Thy cherished memory's refined.'

Source: Gloucester Advocate, Friday 2 September 1938, page 2