Service Number: 6363
Enlisted: 15 July 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Queensland, 25 November 1889
Home Town: Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, 5 September 1947, aged 57 years
Cemetery: Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens & Crematorium
Memorials: Toowong State School Honour Roll
Show Relationships

World War 1 Service

15 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6363, Brisbane, Queensland
23 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6363, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
23 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6363, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Dec 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 6363, 25th Infantry Battalion

Help us honour John McVinish's service by contributing information, stories, and images so that they can be preserved for future generations.

Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

When two brothers, Colin John McVinish (Snr) and George McVinish, migrated to Australia from Scotland in the late 1800's, they had no idea they would be starting a chain of events that would lead to members of their family taking part in virtually every conflict involving Australian troops that followed.

The two brothers and their wives produced their fair share of offspring who between them and their progeny fought in the Boer War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency and the war in Vietnam.

Two of George's sons also served in World War I:-


Able Seaman George Bannatime McVinish
- joined the Queensland Navy before Federation in 1901, sailing on the gunboat Gayundah,
  patrolling the Queensland coast and chasing pearl poachers off the northern coast of Australia
  before being sent with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force to New Guinea.

Colin John McVinish (Snr) and his wife Helen Gerrie McVinish produced 11 children.

Their eldest son, also Colin John, led the way by joining the 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen contingent, fighting in the Transvaal, Cape Colony and Orange Free State before being invalided back to Australia in June 1902. He went on to join the 12th Army Brigade, Australian Field Artillery, in World War I, and fought in France.

Five of their sons (including Colin John) served in World War I.   The others were:-


39313 Gunner Colin John McVinish
- who served with 12th Field Artillery Brigade. Returned to Australian on 12 July 1919.

Private James Gerrie McVinish
- who was in the navy at the mine and submarine base on Swan Island, Victoria

5440 Private Alexander Ogilvie McVinish
- who served with the 26th Battalion in France and in Belgium where he became acting Sergeant
   and was later wounded.  Returned to Australia 18 December 1918.

2263 Air Mechanic Edwin Plastow McVinish
- who served with the Australian Flying Corps in England.  Returned to Australia 6 May 1919.

1714 Air Mechanic William Gerrie McVinish
- who started in the army and transferred to the Australian Flying Corps early in 1918.  Returned to Australia 13 December 1918.


Father, George McVinish (Snr), c/o Mrs C McVinish, Woodstack Street, Toowong, Queensland

Lived at c/o Foggitt Jones, Brisbane, Queensland

Described on enlisting as 27yrs 10mths old; single; 5' 3.5" tall; 122 lbs;
dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair; Presbyterian

15/7/1916      enlisted

29/11/1916     appointed to 18/25th Battalion

23/12/1916    embarked from Sydney, NSW, onboard HMAT A64 Demosthenes
                     Private in 25th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
3/2/1917        disembarked into Plymouth, England

14/6/1917      proceeded overseas to France

3/7/1917       taken on strength of 25th Battalion

13/7/1917      sick to hospital
27/7/1917      rejoined unit

8/8/1917        embarked on hospital ship HS Grantilly Castle for England
9/8/1917        admitted to Tooting Military Hospital, England - Tuberole of Lung (severe)

26/9/1917      returned to Australia onboard A30 Borda

29/12/1917     discharged from service

Medals:           British War medal (26708) and Victory medal (25646)

5/9/1947        passed away
cremated:       Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  10/6/2016.  Lest we forget.