John Francis MALADY

MALADY, John Francis

Service Numbers: 961, 3920
Enlisted: 27 August 1914, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born: Koroit, Victoria, April 1886
Home Town: Port Fairy, Moyne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Suicide, Boorcan, Victoria, 14 August 1921
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

27 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 961, Broadmeadows, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 961, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 961, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 961, 8th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
8 Nov 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 961, 8th Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3920, Melbourne, Victoria
25 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 3920, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 3920, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), HMAT Warilda, Melbourne
20 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 3920, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...3920 Sapper John Malady, No 5 Tunnelling Company who was a 29 year old labourer from Port Fairy, Victoria when he enlisted and embarked for overseas from Melbourne on 25 May 1916 aboard HMAT Warilda. While serving in France with the 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company, he suffered several bouts of pleurisy before returning to Australia on 5 September 1919. He had previously enlisted on 27 August 1914 (service number 961) and embarked for overseas with the 8th Battalion from Melbourne on 19 October 1914 aboard HMAT Benalla. While serving in Egypt, he was taken ill, returned to Australia and discharged medically unfit on 8 November 1915..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

"ANZAC" FOUND STRANGLED. SOUTH-EASTERN BORDER

August 30.- John Francis Malady, a returned soldier, was found lying dead in a quarry on the side of the Camperdown road. A leather strap was fastened tightly around the neck, and wound around the right arm, as if the man had been holding it tightly to strangle himself. In his possession, there was a military discharge showing that he had belonged to the 8th Battalion, of which only a remnant returned to Australia. He also wore the Gallipoli Star, and a gold medal presented to him by the citizens of Port Fairy on his return from the war. The deceased was one of the first to enlist, and was on active service for four years. It was known that he had been subject to fits of melancholy since his return. The police made a thorough search in the vicinity of the quarry, but found no traces of a struggle, and there were no suspicious marks of violence on the body." - from the Adelaide Observer 10 Sep 1921 (nla.gov.au)

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