John William (Jack) PAYNTER

PAYNTER, John William

Service Number: 2129
Enlisted: 26 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Donald, Victoria, Australia, 11 February 1893
Home Town: Willaura, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Wheat Farmer
Died: Laen North, Donald, Victoria, Australia, 20 May 1955, aged 62 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Ararat Shire of Ararat WWI Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

26 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2129, 39th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 2129, 39th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Shropshire embarkation_ship_number: A9 public_note: ''
25 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 2129, 39th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
29 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2129, 39th Infantry Battalion, Multiple fractures to left clavicle - France
29 Oct 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
8 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2129, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, France - GSW to back
9 Dec 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2129, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, per Leicestershire
20 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 2129, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Jack was the third of six children of Charles Henry Faulkner Paynter (b1856 in Creswick, Victoria) and Mary (Annie) Ann McCredden (b1865 in Terang, Victoria). Charles - a Farmer - and Annie married in 1889 in Donald, Victoria where they lived until 1896 when they relocated to Ararat.

Jack was a Wheat Farmer when he enlisted in the AIF in April 1916 (Private; Service No:2129) with 14th Depot Battalion, transferring to 39th Infantry Battalion prior to embarking that year. Jack was WiA in France in May 1917 (multiple fractures to left clavicle) and transferred to 3rd Machine Gun Battalion in October 1917. He was WiA for the second time in France in August 1918 (GSW to the back), and was Discharged in March 1919. Annie wrote to the AIF on 21 August 1918 'I would be glad if you could inform me if my son is badly wounded or where he is wounded as I feel very anxious about him' (National Archives Australia).

JacK returned to Willaura and was a Wheat Farmer when he married Cecilia (Celia) Agnes Albert (b1898 in Warracknabeal, Victoria). Jack and Celia settled in Laen North near Donald, Victoria where Jack was a Farmer. Jack died in 1954 and Celia in 1975.