Private John James Gorrie

Private John James Gorrie

Birth
Death 26 Sep 1917 (aged 31–32)
Burial Ypres (Ieper), Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
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Memorial ID 12048445 · View Source
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Born at Newmarket, Victoria, 1885, son of John James GORRIE (1855-1888) & Nora FORD (1860-1918); his next-of-kin was his sister Mrs Elizabeth LEWIS.
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Australia Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Persons Bureau Files, 1DRL/0428 (Australian War Memorial website):
7243 Private John James GORRIE, 14th Bn.

Report of Sgt J.R.H. FRANKLIN:
"I had known James John GORRIE of C Coy, XII Pltn from childhood in Burnley Vic. I think his people now live in Brunswick. He died in my arms in the morning of 27th Sep 1917. He had been hit in the chest by a piece of shell and was conscious when he ran from his bay to me. He called me by my Christian name and lived a few minutes. He is buried in front of our first line trench at Ypres."

Report of T.C. BROWN (SN 7211):
"I knew casualty. He was a man about 5ft 9ins, medium build, about 30 years of age, known as "Jim." He was a 24th Reinforcement man of the 14th Battalion. Casualty was standing in the front line trench at Polygon Wood. An H.E. shell exploded in the trench mortally wounding him. He was in Cpl FRANKLIN's arms, and I was standing alongside. He was beyond all aid and he died 5 minutes later. His chief wounds were about the body. He was killed about an hour before we were relieved, and he was left for the relieving party to bury him, which was an English Regiment."

Gravesite Details
Note from GN: 7243. 14th Bn. Australian Infantry

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