John Hilbert MATTHEWS

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MATTHEWS, John Hilbert

Service Number: 1020
Enlisted: 14 September 1914, Ararat, Victoria
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Talbot, Victoria, January 1895
Home Town: Ararat, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Postal officer
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hawthorn Postmaster General's Department Victoria 1, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Postmaster General's Department Victoria 2
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1020, Ararat, Victoria
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1020, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1020, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1020, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
27 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 14th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 14th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...1020 Sergeant John Hilbert Matthews, 14th Battalion. A postal official from Ararat, Victoria and a lieutenant in the 73rd Infantry Citizens' Military Forces (CMF), John Matthews enlisted as a private on 14th September 1914. He was promoted to sergeant within three months. The 14th Battalion landed at Gallipoli on 25th of April; the following month Sgt Matthews was promoted Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) replacing an officer killed in action. Lt Matthews was himself killed during the attack on Hill 971 (Koja Chemen Tepe) on 8 August 1915. His brother Leslie, a captain in the same CMF unit before the war, had applied for and was granted a commission in the AIF. He arrived at Gallipoli the month following Lt John Matthew's death. He survived the war..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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