John Evangelist DEE

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DEE, John Evangelist

Service Number: 462
Enlisted: 22 January 1916, Adelaide
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Stone Hut, South Australia, Australia, 29 March 1896
Home Town: Stone Hut, South Australia
Schooling: Sacred Heart College, Glenelg, South Australia
Occupation: Barman
Died: Died of wounds, France, 16 July 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Freeling WW1 Pictorial Honour Roll, Freeling War Memorial, Laura District Honour Roll, Laura War Memorial, Mundoora War Memorial, Port Broughton War Memorial, Stone Hut Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

22 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 462, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide
9 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 462, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 462, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
16 Jul 1918: Involvement Corporal, SN 462, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

John Evangelist DEE was born in Stone Hut, South Australia on 29th March, 1896

His parents were Michael DEE & Catherine Anastasia GREEN (Formerly CUMMINS)

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3 of his brothers also served in WW2

1.  Thomas DEE (SN 18351) Royal Australian Navy died 20.11.1941

2.  Patrick DEE (SN 122779)  Royal Australian Air Force - discharged 1946

3.  Michael DEE (SN S45359) Australian Army - discharged 1942

Biography contributed by tony griffin

John Evangelist Dee was the son of Michael and Catherine Anastasia Dee. Michael Dee was granted the licence to the Mundoora Hotel in 1914.  John was born at Stone Hut on 29 March 1896. A barman, he was 19 years old when he enlisted on 22 January 1916.

At Morphettville Camp John was posted to C Coy 43 Battalion and embarked from Adelaide on 9 June 1916 aboard HMAT A19 “Afric”. In England he qualified 1st Class at the rifle course held at the school of musketry and was acknowledged as having a fair working knowledge of the Lewis Gun. He proceeded overseas to France on 25 November 1916 but was evacuated to England on 31 August 1917 to join the 11th Training Battalion as an instructor. On 30 January 1918 he returned to France to be taken on strength of 43 Battalion.

5 months later, on 4 July, John received a gunshot wound to the head. Eventually admitted to 11th Stationary Hospital in Rouen he died of his wounds on 16 July.

The battalion diary for 4 July reads:

“At 3.10am batt in conjunction with balance of 11 Bgde and the 4th and 6th Australian Brigades attacked village of HAMEL and high ground EAST and SOUTH of the town. All objectives were captured.”

John is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Block Q, Plot 2, Row B, Grave 12.

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