John Edward Hargrave

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Edward
Last Name: 
Hargrave
Alternate Spelling: 
Albert Mattison, Albert Green
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, June 16, 1883
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion
Company: 
25th Reinforcements
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Sydney
Details: 

John Edward Hargrave (Service Co 7600)  was originally born ‘Albert Mattison’ or ‘Green’ on 16 June, 1883 in Woonona. Prior to the war, he was a labourer.

John enlisted in Bulli in March, 1917 in the 25th Reinforcements 4th battalion. He was already married to Louisa at the time and they resided at Rixons Pass, Woonona.

John embarked on 31 October, 1917. He was wounded on 3 August 1918 in action due to a sprained ankle after jumping across a trench. He was put on a special sick parade and evacuated the next morning according to the National Archives of Australia.

He returned to Australia on H.M.A.T. Suavic on 6 January 1919 and was discharged on 14 February 1919.

In 1937, John wrote to the Defence Department stating that his certificates and medals were destroyed in a house fire; therefore there are no medals available and assumedly service photos. This letter had been uploaded to the National Archives of Australia.

John died in 1951, Sydney at the age of 67.

 

 

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HARGRAVE J E

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