John Lancelot ANDREWS

ANDREWS, John Lancelot

Service Number: 3346
Enlisted: 8 January 1917, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
Born: Taree, New South Wales, Australia, 26 January 1901
Home Town: Wentworthville, Holroyd, New South Wales
Schooling: Parramatta High School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 16 years
Cemetery: New Irish Farm Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blacktown War Memorial, Wingham Bo Bo Creek Public School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3346, Sydney, New South Wales
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3346, 54th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Anchises embarkation_ship_number: A68 public_note: ''
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3346, 54th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3346, 54th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

John Lancelot Andrews

John was born in Taree, NSW and lived in Wentworthville before he enlisted.His mother's name was Amelia Andrews.Before he joined the army he worked as a clerk.

John enlisted in Sydney on 20 December,1916 aged 19 he embarked from Sydney on the HMAT Anchises A68 24th January,1917.He was killed in action in Polygon Wood,Belgium on 26th September,1917 when he was 16 years old. John was buried in the new Irish farm cemetery, St jean-les-Ypres, Belgium.

Private Andrews, enlisting at 15, was one of the youngest Australian Soldiers to die in the First World War.He is remembered on the Wentworthville Memorial park Honour Roll and the Blacktown RSL Memorial.

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...3346 Private John Lancelot Andrews, 54th Battalion AIF. Pte Andrews, a clerk from Wentworthville NSW, enlisted on 29 December 1916 and was killed in action at Polygon Wood, Belgium, on 26 September 1917 aged sixteen years and eight months. Claiming to be nineteen he was actually fifteen years and eleven months at the time of... (enlistment) and was one of youngest Australian soldiers to die in the First World War." - SOURCE (