John Pauling SIVES MM


SIVES, John Pauling

Service Number: 2228
Enlisted: 7 May 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Manchester, England, July 1893
Home Town: Grenwich, Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 7 May 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Leeton ANZAC Memorial Clock Tower and Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

7 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2228, 4th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2228, Liverpool, New South Wales
16 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2228, 4th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '8' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Karoola embarkation_ship_number: A63 public_note: ''
9 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2228, 4th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, Shock from explosion
8 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4th Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2228, 4th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
31 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 4th Infantry Battalion
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 4th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
30 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 4th Infantry Battalion
7 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 4th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
Date unknown: Honoured Military Medal, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 19 April 1917 on page 925 at position 44. London Gazette 16 November 1916 on page 11145 at position 95

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'SIVES John Pauling 2nd/L, MM, Service No. 2228

Gallipoli Veteran – Born 1894 in Manchester, England. His mother was Elizabeth and his Aunt was Annabel Kellie. His mother passed away less than three months after JP was KIA.

On his enlistment 24 April 1915 at 21 years of age, he stated his occupation as a clerk. He embarked for Mudros, Lemnos Island in Greece, on 16 June 1915 in the 6th Reinforcements 4th Battalion.

He joined the Gallipoli campaign 4th August 1915 and between the 6th and 9th during heavy bombing was affected by shellshock. He was treated in the Casualty Clearing Station before being transferred to Wandsworth Military Hospital in London.

In January 1916 he rejoined his unit in Egypt at Tel-el-Kebir, and on 6th February attended School of Instruction at Zeitoun also in Egypt.

He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 8th May and at the end of July temporarily promoted to Sergeant due to the Battalion Sergeant being wounded. He was then promoted to 2nd Lieutenant 30th September 1916.

On 4th October 1916 he was awarded the Military Medal ( Bravery in the Field, the citation reading ‘For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty while serving with the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. On 25th July 1916 L/Cpl Sives in an attack on a German trench did splendid service. He was extremely cool and courageous under fire and by his judicious and dashing handling of the Lewis Gun helped the bombers to gain and retain their positions.’

He was again Mentioned in Despatches in France with the 4th Battalion on 19 April 1917, when he was recommended to be mentioned for ‘His devotion to duty during enemy attack on Demicourt and Boursies on the 15 April 1917.’

Whilst serving in Bullecourt, France he was Killed in Action on 7th May 1917. His memorial is on the Villers Bretennoux Memorial Wall North of Ypres, Belgium.' from Leeton Family & Local History Society Inc. (



SIVES. - Killed in action in France, May 7. 1917, 2nd lieutenant John Pauling Sives, aged 23 years, of Greenwich-road, Greenwich.

'He lived honourably, fought bravely, and died nobly.'

Inserted by his loving mother, E. Sives.

SIVES. - Killed in action, in France, May 7, 1917, Second-Lieutenant J. P. Sives, only son of Mrs. Elizabeth Sives. aged 23.

Greater love hath no man than this.' From The Sydney Morning Herald 6 June 1917 (