John Edward PAINTER

PAINTER, John Edward

Service Number: 4245
Enlisted: 30 August 1915, Enlisted at Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kensington, South Australia, 18 January 1878
Home Town: Norwood (SA), South Australia
Schooling: St Andrews Church of England School, Walkerville, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 16 August 1916, aged 38 years
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.2 Beaumont Hamel, France
Plot XXV1, Row A, Grave 11 Headstone inscription reads: Dearly loved husband of Gertrude Painter Norwood, South Australia, Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France, Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Warloy-Baillon, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Treasurer and Chief Secretary Roll of Honour, Adelaide Treasurer and Chief Secretary Roll of Honour, Adelaide Treasurer and Chief Secretary WW1 Honour Board, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Norwood St Bartholomew's Anglican Church Honour Roll, Norwood War Memorial, Walkerville St. Andrew's Anglican Church Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

30 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4245, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Adelaide, SA
11 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4245, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
11 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4245, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
29 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion, Transferred from the 10th Battalion to the 50th Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 4245, 50th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 4245 awm_unit: 50 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-08-16

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Charles Painter and Annie Painter nee Wellam. Brother of Charles William Painter, Samuel Painter, George Painter, Annie Painter, James Painter, Richard Painter, Frank Painter, Marion Gladys Painter, Edith Painter and Sarah Painter

On 6 October 1906 John married Gertrude Ida Sullivan in St Andrew Church, Walkerville, SA

Father of Rowland George Painter

On 1 March 1916 he was promoted temporarily to the rank of Corporal but reverted to the rank of Private on 12 April 1916

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal



Biography contributed by St Ignatius' College

Life before war

John Edward Painter, joined World War One when he was 37 years old before he joined he worked as a clerk. A clerk is someone who works in an office or bank to keep records, accounts, and undertake other routine governmental duties. John was originally from Adelaide, South Australia he lived on 46 George Street, Norwood, South Australia. John Edward Painter was the son of Charles and Annie Painter he was happily married to Gertrude, with one child. Although he did not have a very big family he cared for them deeply. John had fair skin and dark features such as brown hair and brown eyes.


Life during the war (life on the western front)

Every Solider that enrolled in the war was sorted into battalions depending on their role in the army. John Edward painter was enlisted in the 50th Infantry Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force. He was a Lance Corporal, this is a military ranking which was used by many armed forces globally. It is the lowest rank of corporal and is typically the lowest non-commissioned officer.

He fought at Pozieres with his battalion. John was injured in the battle of Mouquet Farm the date of which he died is estimated at the 16/8/16 for he was reported missing and injured. A direct quote from a soldier at war was “I saw Pte. Painter carried out of the trench wounded night attack at Mosquet farm” this was recorded on the 14th of August 1916. John did not receive any victory metals from world war although he achieved the characteristicof br aveness in giving his life for his country and family after joining the war. John’s body along with many others was buried in the vicinity of Pozieres, which is where many soldiers and officers from the war are buried.

John Edward Painter was killed in action on the battlefield; he suffered a very serious injury and soon after died. This had a significant impact on his family as they lost someone they loved. John was in for an estimated 3 years before he was reported injured and missing, soon later found dead. He was killed at a young age of only 38. ‘died shortly after joining the war’.

Anzac spirit

ANZAC stands for a soldier in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac spirit represents boldness, resourcefulness, commitment, unity and endurance that will never own defeat. Men who joined the war to become a soldier instantly became part of the ANZAC community.
Anzac day is the 25th of April it is a significant day to many citizens in Australia for it is a day to reflect on what the soldiers in the war did for us. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers died during World War One. This was a sad time for the family, friends and Australia for we had lost many brave soldiers.
John Edward Painter showed Anzac spirit by joining the war, he showed Anzac spirit for putting his life on the line for his country. This is a true act of braveness for not only him but for all the soldiers. Australia will forever be grateful for each and every one of the soldiers that volunteered to join World War One.