John Farthing (Jack) GROVES

GROVES, John Farthing

Service Number: 3761
Enlisted: 25 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Stone Hut , South Australia, 22 November 1890
Home Town: Booleroo Centre, Mount Remarkable, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, France, 14 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Booleroo Centre WW1 Roll of Honour, Laura District Honour Roll, Laura War Memorial, Stone Hut Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3761
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3761, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3761, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
26 Jul 1916: Wounded Private, 3761, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , GSW (left knee, thigh and arm)

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Recommendation for Victoria Cross  - 3716 Private John Farthing Groves

During the morning of 25th July  the attack for Melvilles redoubt was hung up for some time by a M G  some 200 yards up the trench -  Pte Groves crawled across the open to within 30 yards of the emplacement& threw 3 bombs into the trench which put the gun out of action & allowed the attack to proceed. During this gallant action Pte Groves was under heavy MG fire he was severely wounded in three places & only returned to his trench with the utmost difficulty.  -  E.G. Sinclair-Maclagan

Private John Groves died of wounds on 14 August 1916 and no award was made