Service Number: 3866
Enlisted: 28 August 1915, Holsworthy, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Greta, New South Wales, 1 May 1891
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Wheeler
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery
Hooge Crater Cemetery, Passchendaele, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, West Wallsend Presbyterian Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3866, Holsworthy, New South Wales
20 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3866, 13th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3866, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Sydney
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3866, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Jude Spalding

I am the family historian & I discovered that 2 brothers in law died in the same battle on the same day. They were in two different battalions & I don't know if they even knew each other, even though they were both born in New South Wales, Australia.

The first I found was 3122 Sgt. John Tracey (/explore/people/228204) who is my Great Uncle, the brother of my maternal Grandmother. While exploring her family I found her sister Alice married James Neilson & his brother was Private John Neilson Serial No: 3866 and they both fought & lost their lives in the 3rd Battle of Ypes on 26th September 1917.

John Tracey known as Jack was in 49th Battalion & John Neilson was in 45th Infantry Battalion.

Even if they didn't know each other I hope they found each other in the after life.