~~~Military Service, Australian Imperial Force, AIF, World War One~~~~~~~~
Service number:--- 2228
Born:--- Manchester, England
Religion:--- Church of England
Civilian Employment:--- Clerk
Home Address:--- Chisholm Street, Greenwich, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital status:--- Single
Age on enlistment:--- 21 years
Next of kin:--- Mother, Mrs E Sives, Chisholm Street, Greenwich, Sydney, NSW.
Enlisted--- 24th April 1915
Rank on enlistment--- Private
Unit on enlistment:--- 4th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, Australian Infantry, AIF.
Embarked from:--- Sydney, New South Wales,HMAT A63 Karoola, 16thJune 1915.
Last Rank:--- Second Lieutenant
Last Unit:--- 1st Australian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company, AIF.
Fate--- Killed in Action, 7th May 1917, France.
Burial--- No known grave
Honors:-- Military Medal
Other Details:---Gallipoli Veteran – Born 1894 in Manchester, England. His mother was Elizabeth and his Aunt was Annabel Kellie. His mother passed away less than three months after John was killed in action.
On his enlistment 24 April 1915 at 21 years of age, he stated his occupation as a clerk. He embarked for Mudros, Lemnos Island in Greece, on 16 June 1915 in the 6th Reinforcements 4th Battalion.
He joined the Gallipoli campaign 4th August 1915 and between the 6th and 9th during heavy bombing was affected by shellshock. He was treated in the Casualty Clearing Station before being transferred to Wandsworth Military Hospital in London.
In January 1916 he rejoined his unit in Egypt at Tel-el-Kebir, and on 6th February attended School of Instruction at Zeitoun also in Egypt.
He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 8th May and at the end of July temporarily promoted to Sergeant due to the Battalion Sergeant being wounded. He was then promoted to 2nd Lieutenant 30th September 1916.
On 4th October 1916 he was awarded the Military Medal (www.awm.gov.au)for Bravery in the Field, the citation reading 'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty while serving with the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. On 25th July 1916 L/Cpl Sives in an attack on a German trench did splendid service. He was extremely cool and courageous under fire and by his judicious and dashing handling of the Lewis Gun helped the bombers to gain and retain their positions.'
He was again Mentioned in Despatches in France with the 4th Battalion on 19 April 1917, when he was recommended to be mentioned for 'His devotion to duty during enemy attack on Demicourt and Boursies on the 15 April 1917.'
Whilst serving in Bullecourt, France he was Killed in Action on 7th May 1917. His memorial is on the Villers Bretennoux Memorial Wall North of Ypres, Belgium.' from Leeton Family & Local History Society Inc. (www.leetonfamilyandlocalhistory.com.au)
Elizabeth Ferguson Sives