John Alexander DWAN

DWAN, John Alexander

Service Number: 35528
Enlisted: 5 February 1917, 1 yr 9 mths with Kennedy Infantry and 11 mths with AIF Brisbane
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 10th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia, 24 September 1888
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Grammar School, Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Wounds, United 2nd Southern General Hospital (Bishops Knoll Section), Bristol, England Kingdom, United Kingdom, 16 April 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England
Grave No. 709
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, 35528, Field Artillery Brigades, 1 yr 9 mths with Kennedy Infantry and 11 mths with AIF Brisbane
2 Aug 1917: Involvement Gunner, 35528, Field Artillery Brigades, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Miltiades embarkation_ship_number: A28 public_note: ''
2 Aug 1917: Embarked Gunner, 35528, Field Artillery Brigades, HMAT Miltiades, Sydney
9 Feb 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 10th Field Artillery Brigade
5 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, 35528, 10th Field Artillery Brigade , German Spring Offensive 1918, GSW eye & left thigh, DoW, Bristol, England
16 Apr 1918: Involvement Gunner, 35528, 10th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 35528 awm_unit: 10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Gunner awm_died_date: 1918-04-16

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 16th April.... John Alexander Dwan was born in 1888 at Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 5th February, 1917 as a 28 year old, single, Bank Clerk from Rockhampton, Queensland.

Private John Alexander Dwan was posted to 11th Depot Battalion on 6th February, 1917 for recruit training. He was transferred to Field Artillery – May Reinforcements as Gunner on 15th February, 1917.

Gunner John Alexander Dwan embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Miltiades (A28) on 2nd August, 1917 with the Field Artillery Brigade, May, 1917 Reinforcements & disembarked at Glasgow, Scotland on 2nd October, 1917.

Gunner Dwan was marched in to R.B.A.A. (Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery) at Larkhill, Wiltshire, England on 3rd October, 1917. He proceeded overseas to France on 31st January, 1918 & joined the 10th Field Artillery Brigade on 7th February, 1918.
Gunner John Alexander Dwan was wounded in action in France on 5th April, 1918. He was invalided to England & admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital at Bristol, England on 8th April, 1918 with GSW to left thigh, left arm, left eye & was reported as dangerously ill.

Gunner John Alexander Dwan died at 11.50 pm on 16th April, 1918 at 2nd Southern General Hospital (Bishops Knoll Section), Bristol, England from gunshot wounds to eye & left thigh. The Hospital Admissions form recorded that Gunner Dwan also had Septic Meningitis & death followed severe epileptic convulsions.

Gunner John Alexander Dwan was buried in Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England where 21 other WW1 Australian Soldiers (or connected to Australia) are buried.

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