John Wilfred WARDILL

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WARDILL, John Wilfred

Service Number: 1762
Enlisted: 22 January 1916, Gulgong, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ruswarp,Yorkshire England, 1892
Home Town: Mudgee, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, Dernancourt, Picardie, France, 5 April 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mudgee District Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

22 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1762, Gulgong, New South Wales
14 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1762, 45th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1762, 45th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
5 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1762, 45th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 26 and the son of John and the late Hannah Wardill of Rose  Hill Farm, Loftus, Yorkshire.

He is remembered on the Brotton War Memorial which is at the roadside at the top of the hill on the main street, almost opposite the Parish church. The Memorial is in the form of a Celtic Cross, with a small metal wreath on front face, on a square plinth with a two stepped base, surrounded by painted railings, the whole being on a raised platform that is reached by four steps. On the base is inscribed;-


"NOT AS A LADDER TO HEAVEN, NOT AS A WITNESS OF ANY CREED BUT SIMPLE SERVICE GIVEN TO HIS OWN KIND IN THEIR COMMON NEED".

Brotton Improvement Group felt that the War Memorial at Brotton needed refurbishing and liked the idea presented to them by local blacksmith, James Godbold, to enhance the gates with a poppy motif and soldier silhouette. They proposed the ideas to Skelton & Brotton Parish Council, who were delighted to help by funding the work, which also included refurbishing the fencing and poppy rail. 

Brotton is a village in the parish of Skelton and Brotton in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England Loftus is a nearby village, also slightly inland from the coast.

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