John William Donovan

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Donovan
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, August 20, 1892
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth Donovan (nee Hetherington)
Father's Name: 
Dennis Donovan
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, February 5, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
18th Battalion
Company: 
B Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, August 22, 1915
Place of Death: 
Hill 60 Gallipoli
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

John Donovan (Service No 505) was born in Gerringong, N.S.W.

At enlistment John was single, 22 years old and worked as a dairyman.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A40 Ceramic on 25th June 1915 with B Company, 18th Battalion and arrived on Gallipoli on 20th August 1915.  John was engaged in the battle for Hill 60 and was killed while charging the Turkish trenches. He has no known grave.

John's service is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial and at the Gerringong Memorial Hall.

John's brother, George Henry Donovan (Service No 2360) also served.  Their cousin Joseph Thomas Cooper (Service No 5067) died in the battle for Pozieres.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, DONOVAN J W

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