John Oliver Sproule

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Oliver
Last Name: 
Sproule
Date of Birth: 
Monday, March 29, 1897
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Sproule (nee Jackson)
Father's Name: 
Thomas Sproule
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, September 13, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Trooper
Rank at Discharge: 
Trooper
Unit: 
7th Light Horse Regiment
Company: 
Machine gun section
Service: 
Cavalry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, August 26, 1968
Place of Death: 
Kiama, N.S.W.
Details: 

John Sproule (Service No 1768) was born at Woodbrook, Jamberoo, near Kiama, N.S.W.

John worked as a farmer, was single and 18 years old when he enlisted, the first of three brothers to do so.  

He embarked on from Sydney on HMAT A34 Persic with 7th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement, on 18th November 1915.   John arrived in Egypt on 28th December 1915 but was admitted to hospital 2 days later with mumps.  He returned to his unit on 20th January 1916. 

On 21st July 1916 he transferred to Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron and served in the Middle East.

John was admitted to hospital with malaria on 11th May 1918.

He was given leave in England in April 1919 and returned to Australia in July 1919.  John was discharged on 20th September 1919.

On 12th November 1923 John married Ada Irvine and the couple lived in Kiama, N.S.W.

John died in 1968.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, SPROULE JOHN OLIVER

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