John Francis Bullen

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Francis
Last Name: 
Bullen
Mother's Name: 
Johanna (nee Cooney)
Father's Name: 
Frank Bullen
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, July 26, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
1st Machine Gun Company
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, September 20, 1917
Place of Death: 
Menin Road, Ypres, Belguim
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

John Bullen (Service No 3011) was born in Lismore in December 1892. The family moved to the Illawarra and at the time of enlistment he was described as a single 23 year old tinsmith and plumber who had served 4 years in the Senior Cadets.

John embarked on HMAT A29 Suevic with 7th Reinforcements, 19th Battalion on 20th December 1915. After he arrived in Egypt he was briefly with 4th Battalion but transferred to 1st Machine Gun Company on 12th March 1916. He saw service on the Western Front and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 15th January 1917.

Lance Corporal Bullen was engaged in the battle of Menin Road as a machine gunner but on 20th September 1917 he was killed by enemy fire. John was buried in the vicinity of Hooge Crater but his grave was lost. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres Belgium.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BULLEN J

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