John William (Jack) SCHWARER


SCHWARER, John William

Service Number: 970
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Rutherglen, Victoria
Last Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Christmas Town, Victoria, 17 March 1892
Home Town: Rutherglen, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Rutherglen State School
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Driver
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 21 September 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XXIII, Row D, Grave No. 17A.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rutherglen War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Rutherglen, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 970, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 970, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
30 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 970, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
21 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, SN 970, 7th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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The following letter has been received by Mrs. Rasmussen in reference to her late son, Sergt.-Major J. Schwarer:—

"France, 23/9/17 — Please accept my sincerest sympathy in the loss of Jack, who died of wounds after being in action on the 20th. I have known Jack since he enlisted and have always admired him for his sterling qualities as a soldier. Some months ago I obtained him as my Sergeant-Major, and in that capacity he did excellent work. Knowing that had he wished it he could have remained at the Base, one cannot but admire him for his courage in the line. You will be proud to know that he had reached the final objective before he fell. It was deeds such as his that helped us to carry out what we consider the most successful operation in which we have taken part.

Yours sincerely,

W. B. CAMPBELL, Capt." - from the Rutherglen Sun and Chiltern Valley Advertiser 27 Nov 1917 (