LIGHTBODY, John Forrest

Service Number: 18
Enlisted: 7 October 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Field Ambulance
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 16 February 1887
Home Town: Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Natural Causes, Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia, 6 August 1956, aged 69 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

7 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 18, 1st Australian General Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland
21 Nov 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, 18, 1st Australian General Hospital, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
21 Nov 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 18, 1st Australian General Hospital, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '23' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Kyarra embarkation_ship_number: A55 public_note: ''
5 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, 18, 2nd Field Ambulance, Shell Wounds - Head, back, Arms (France)
27 Oct 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No 66, 2nd May 1918
25 Jan 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 18, 2nd Field Ambulance, per HT Ceramic (Nursing Staff)
9 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, 18, 2nd Field Ambulance

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

John was the second of three children of John Forrest Lightbody (born 1861 in Scotland) and first wife Margaret Kilpatrick Anderson (born 1855 in Scotland). John Snr was a Joiner when he immigrated in July 1883, arriving in Moreton Bay, QLD on board the Banffshire. Margaret, a Hat Trimmer, arrived in Brisbane, QLD on board the St James in 1876. John and Margaret married in 1883 in Brisbane, QLD and moved to Charters Towers, QLD in 1889.

John was a Boundary Rider/Stockman in the Maranoa Region of QLD when he enlisted in the AIF in October 1914. His Attestation Papers and other records list him as John Forrest Lightbody, but he explains in a letter written to the Army from Quamby via Cloncurry, QLD in 1949 '.... through a clerical error I was placed on the books in the 2nd Field Ambulance as John Forrest Lightbody  but the christian mames are John Anderson' (National Archives Australia). John  served as a Corporal (Service No18) with 1st Australian General Hospital and was promoted to Sergeant with 2nd Field Ambulance. He was WiA in France in May 1917 (shell wounds to his head, back and arms) and was awarded the Military Medal on 20 October 1917 (London Gazette 12 December 1917, p13025; Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 2 May 1918 p1033). John was Discharged in April 1914. 

John retrurned to the Maranoa District in QLD where he worked as a Boundary Rider and Station Hand before moving to Quamby via Cloncurry in the mid 1930s, where he worked as a Labourer until his death in 1956.



Born John Anderson Lightbody, son of James Forrest Lightbody and Margaret Anderson