RIDE, John

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 17 January 1916
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Albert Park, Victoria, Australia, 23 November 1887
Home Town: Bulla, Hume, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Died: Mornington, Victoria, Australia, 5 April 1970, aged 82 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Mornington Public Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Eaglehawk Presbyterian Sunday School Roll of Honour, Marong Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Pioneer Battalion
20 Oct 1916: Involvement 2nd Pioneer Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '5' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Port Lincoln embarkation_ship_number: A17 public_note: ''
20 Oct 1916: Embarked 2nd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne
24 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, RTA 25/8/1919 Discharged 24/9/1919

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Biography contributed by Ross Martin

John RIDE was bor in Albert Park, a close suburb to Melbourne in 1887.

His Father William was a Presbyterian minister, and moved parishes regularly.

John trained as a civil engineer and when he enlisted in 1916 was commissioned as 2nd Lieut and assigned to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion.

At the time of enlistment his Father, shown as next of kin, was the minister at the Bulla Presbyterian Church.

His mother was Eliza Mary Ride.

John was 5ft 8in tall, weighed 151lbs and had blue eyes and fair hair.

John left Australia (Melbourne) on 20/10/1916 aboard the HMAT Port Lincoln.

John was wounded twice, 2/5/1917 and 5/10/1918 but recovered and returned to duty.

In 1918 he was twice recommended for a decoration and this resulted in the awarding of the Military Cross in 1919.

John returned to Australia on 25/8/1919 and his appointment was terminated on 24/9/1919.

By this time his parents had moved to Seymour.

He continued with his civil engineering and moved to Mount Eliza where he died on 5/4/1970.

He is buried at the Mornington Cemetery.