Jack York

First Name: 
Jack
Last Name: 
York
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth (nee Simpson)
Father's Name: 
Charles York
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, February 1, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, July 6, 1917
Place of Death: 
London, England
Cause of Death: 
Died of wounds
Details: 

Private Jack York (Service no. 5793) was born in Dapto circa 1897. The family moved to Sydney when he was still young.

Jack was working as an optical salesman when he enlisted at the age of 18. He had spent four years in the senior cadets and six months in the CMF.

Jack embarked on HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3rd June, 1916 with 18th Reinforcements 4th Battalion. After training in England he joined A coy 4th Battalion in France on 5th October, 1916. He saw service on the Western Front and in May 1917 was involved in the Second Battle of Bullecourt.

Wounded in action on 27th May, 1917 Jack was admitted to 1st London General Hospital with a gun shot wound to his head. He was operated on to remove shrapnel from his brain on 13th June, 1917 but an abscess developed and at about 10am on 6th July, died peacefully.

Private York was buried with full military honours in Brookwood Military Cemetery in England. Plot XI, Row D, Grave 3.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, YORK J

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