Jack Cummings CAPERN

CAPERN, Jack Cummings

Service Numbers: 432, 432C
Enlisted: 11 January 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Watsons Bay, New South Wales, Australia, 29 November 1898
Home Town: Moorooka, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Maryborough State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Lithograph Expert
Died: Killed in Action, France, 8 August 1918, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery
Plot 1, Row B, Grave 10.
Tree Plaque: Yeronga Avenue of Honour
Memorials: Annerley Stephens Shire Council Residents Honour Board 1, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Yeronga War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 432, Brisbane, Queensland
20 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 432, 3rd Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 432, 3rd Machine Gun Company, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 432C, 4th Machine Gun Battalion, The Battle of Amiens

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Jack Cummings CAPERN was born in Watsons Bay, Sydney on 29th November 1898

His parents were (Reverend) Cummings Air CAPERN and Lizzie Varis AUSTIN

He enlisted on 11th January, 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the Machine Gun Company 3, 6th reinforcements.  Unit embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Port Lincoln on 20th October 1916

Jack was Killed in Action on 8th August 1918 - he was buried the next day at the Memorial Plot- Heath Cemetery but was later reinterred at the Cerisy Gailly New French Military Cemetery

Prior to enlistment was employed by the "Wide Bay & Burnett News" and subsequently by the Brisbane Newspaper Company.


A service in memory of Private Jack Capern, son of the Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Capern, who was recently killed in action, was held in the Moorooka Congregational Church on Sunday night, in the presence of a large congregation. Solos were tendered by the Misses C. Helvar and Winnie Edwards, and hymns by the church choir. The Rev. F. E. Adams preached from the text, 2nd Samuel 12/23, "I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." He also made mention of Private John Gnatz and Lieutenant Wm. Packman, whose names are on the church honour board, and who have also made the supreme sacrifice." - from the Brisbane Courier 11 Sep 1918 (nla.gov.au)