Service Number: 757
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Haarlem, Holland (Netherlands), 14 January 1892
Home Town: Parkside, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith Striker
Died: Died of wounds, France, 31 August 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
St Sever Cemetery Extension, Haute-Normandie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Involvement Private, 757, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1915: Embarked Private, 757, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
8 Dec 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 757, 27th Infantry Battalion, Was admitted to the Australian general hospital in Cairo, Egypt.

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Private John Baumgarten was born on the 14 January of 1891 in Holland, modern day Netherlands. He was 5 foot 5 and 3 quarter inches. Baumgarten weighed 126 pounds and had a chest measurement of 34-36 inches. Baumgarten had dark skin, brown eyes, dark hair and he was a Protestant. He moved to Australia on the 28th of October 1910 on the ship de Ruyter and disembarked at Port Adelaide, South Australia. He settled in Adelaide and his occupations was a Blacksmith Striker. Five years after his arrival he was naturalised into Australia on the 28th of January 1915. 19 days later he enlisted the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on the 16th of February 1915.

He embarked from Australia on the 31st May 1915 and sailed towards Alexandria in Egypt. He joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force as part of the 27th Battalion in Gallipoli on the 4th September 1915. 3 months later he developed Jaundice and was first admitted to the 7th Field Ambulance on the 2nd December 1915 and then transferred to the 13th Casualty Clearing Station in Penin. The next day he was admitted to HS Gloucester Castle Gloster Castle and moved to the 15th General Hospital in Alexandria on 8th December. From here he was transferred to the Australian General Hospital in Cairo on the 21st December 1915. By the 31st December he was well enough to be discharged and on the 5th February 1916 he was transferred to Zeitoun training camp in Egypt. One month later on 5th March he rejoined the 27th Battalion at Ismailia. The Battalion then rejoined the BEF and disembarked at Marseilles for the Western Front on 21st March 1916.

He was wounded in action in France on the 5th August 1916, hit in the neck and the buttocks. And was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station. On the 6th August 1916, he was admitted to the 12th General Hospital in Rouen. Baumgarten was transferred to England on the 17th August 1916 and on the 18th August 1916 he was transferred to Harve and put on the hospital ship Maheno part of the New Zealand Navy. He was then admitted to the Warrington Hospital outside of Liverpool on the 19th August 1916.

He was discharged to leave when he recovered on the 13th October 1916 needing to report back to Perham Downs on 30th October 1916. He got in trouble for being AWL from training from 26 – 31 January 1917 and was punished with 144 hours of detention and lost 12 days pay.

He was taken on strength from the 27th Battalion to the 70th Battalion in England on the 23rd March 1917. On the 12th September 1917 Baumgarten committed another offence, this time talking after being told to stop and was sent for 7 days of casualty clearing on the orders of Captain Hill W.S.Willshire. On the 19th September 1917 he marched out with the 70th Battalion as part of the 69th draft Battalion in England. On the 14th of October 1917 he was in France after coming from England with the 69th draft Battalion. On the 18th of October 1917 he proceeded to join the 27th Battalion in Harve and Belgium.

On the 29th August 1918 Baumgarten was struck down by with damage to his spine. He was first taken to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station and the next day took an Ambulance Train to the 11th Stationary .Hpl arriving on the 30th August  1918. John Baumgarten passed away at 7:30 pm on the 31st August 1918 in Rouen France. He was laid to rest in ST. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen France.