John Dick (Jack) KIRKCALDY



Service Number: 2324
Enlisted: 16 September 1914, Enoggera, Queensland
Last Rank: Battery Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 11th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Wishaw, Scotland, 28 February 1882
Home Town: Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 13 October 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 2324, Enoggera, Queensland
25 Sep 1914: Involvement Gunner, SN 2324, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
25 Sep 1914: Embarked Gunner, SN 2324, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Rangatira, Brisbane
9 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Battery Sergeant Major, 11th Field Artillery Brigade
13 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Battery Sergeant Major, SN 2324, 11th Field Artillery Brigade , 1st Passchendaele

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Enlisted under the alias of John Dick

Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

John was the sixth of eight children of George Kirkcaldy (born 1839 in Fifeshire, Scotland) and Marion Dick (born 1847 in Renfrewshire, Scotland). Marion was a Dressmaker and George a Lunatic Attendant in 1871, the year their first child was born. George became a Sergeant of Police in Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland where they raised their family.

In 1907 John was working as a Miner at Mount Morgan in QLD and in 1908 married widow Jane Worral (nee Reid, born 1872 in Ireland). John and Jane settled at Chillgoe in QLD where John worked as a Fireman in the Mines. The couple was living in Brisbane, QLD in September 1914, when John enlisted in the AIF under the name John Dick - he had previously served 6 years with 101 Coy RGA. Initially a Gunner (Service No:2324) with 3rd Brigade Ammunition Column, John was promoted through the ranks to Battery Sergeant Major with 11 Field Artillery Brigade. He was KiA at Paschendale Ridge in September 1917. Jane died in Cairns in 1954