John George (Jack) ECKERT


ECKERT, John George

Service Number: 5357
Enlisted: 3 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Belvidere, South Australia, 19 June 1891
Home Town: Belvidere, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Belvidere Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 1 October 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Aeroplane Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Belvidere WW1 Roll of Honor, Strathalbyn District Roll of Honor WW1, Strathalbyn RSL Hall Honour Board, Strathalbyn War Memorial, Woodchester Onaunga D.C. Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

3 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5357, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5357, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
1 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 5357, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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"Private JACK ECKERT, eldest son of Mr. John Eckert, was killed in action on October 1. He sailed for the front in April, 1916, with the 17th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion. With 16 others he remained in Colombo on guard over measles cases for six weeks. Afterwards he was a month in hospital in Cairo. After training on Salisbury Plains he entered the trenches in September, 1916, and had only been absent one day on leave. Private Eckert, who was 26 years old, spent the whole of his life on his father's farm. He was a keen follower of coursing and a prominent football and tennis player. He was loved by many friends for his kindly and unselfish nature." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 07 Nov 1917 (