John Kenneth MCVICAR

Badge Number: 12925, Sub Branch: Port Lincoln
12925

MCVICAR, John Kenneth

Service Numbers: 896, 3093
Enlisted: 31 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Willowie, South Australia, 2 May 1892
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Hotel Employee
Died: 25 May 1919, aged 27 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

31 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 896, 10th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 896, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 896, 10th Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 896, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Shattered Femur from shot gun wound. Evacuated from Gallipoli on the first day.
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 896, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
16 Jul 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 10th Infantry Battalion, Medical Discharge following his injury on the beach at Gallipoli, treatment in England and return to Australia.
9 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3093, 43rd Infantry Battalion AMF, John re-enlisted following rehabilitation from his shattered femur and being sent back to Australia in July 1916.
25 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3093, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Discharged at the end of hostilities

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Biography contributed by Di Barrie

John was born on the 2 May 1892 at Willowie, son of Duncan and Selina (nee Goldsworthy) McVicar, farm manager of Willowie. The family left Willowie in 1898 due to the continuing drought and moved to Pt Lincoln where John had been working as an hotel employee.

John enlisted on the 31 August 1914 in Port Lincoln, one of the first group of young men to enlist from the town. He was 22 years of age, and single and his father Duncan was his next of kin. He embarked from Adelaide on the A11 ‘Ascanius’ on the 20 October 1914 as part of the first convoy, and disembarked in Egypt for training.

With the 10th Battalion he landed on the beach at Gallipoli on the 25 April 1915, and on that first day suffered a shotgun wound to his left femur which shattered his leg. He was shipped out to Alexandria, then to England for treatment, then in July 1916 he was invalided back to Australia for rehabilitation and given a medical discharge.

John re-enlisted on 9 March 1917 with the 43 Battalion 7 Reinforcements with SN 3093 and embarked again from Adelaide on the 23 June 1917 on the HMAT A30 ‘Borda’, disembarking at Plymouth. After training in England, he proceeded to France with the 43 Battalion.

He continued to suffer infections in his left hip because of his old wounds and the crowded and unsanitary conditions of Western Front trench war-fare. At the end of hostilities, he was returned to Australia on the ‘Warwickshire’ arriving on 25 May 1919. 

He married and had at least 2 children.

Source: "Diggers From the Dust" by Di Barrie & Andrew Barrie

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