John Forbes Souter

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Forbes
Last Name: 
Souter
Date of Birth: 
Monday, December 17, 1866
Mother's Name: 
Helen Souter (nee Forbes)
Father's Name: 
Alexander Souter
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, July 24, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Wollongong, N.S.W.
Details: 

John Souter (Service No 3474) was born in Scotland.

On 30th May, 1885 John married Jessie Coutts.

When John enlisted, he had moved to Australia, and was living in Keiraville, N.S.W.   He was 44 years old, married, and employed as miner.  John's enlistment papers reveal that he had spent three years in the Gordon Highlanders, and 20 years in the Militia in N.S.W.

John embarked from Sydney on HMAT A32 Themistocoles with 11th Reinforcements 1st Battalion on 5th October, 1915.  On 14th March, 1916 he was promoted to Corporal.  John saw service on the Western Front and on 20th July, while engaged in the battle for Poziere, he was buried by a shell and spent two weeks in hospital.

On his return to the battalion he was promoted to Sergeant.   Three days later, on 7th August, 1916 he was again wounded receiving a gun shot wound to his arm.  John was evacuated to hospital for treatment and at this time admitted that he was actually 50 years old to the doctor.

He was returned to Australia in May 1917 and discharged medically unfit due to injury and age on 15th August, 1917.

John died in Wollongong, N.S.W. in 1951. 

John Forbes Souter along with his son are commemorated on the Wollongong Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, SOUTER JOHN FORBES

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