John Goldsmith Bright

Name   John Goldsmith Bright

Number    Lance Corporal 4445

Battalion      6th Battalion

Place of Birth   Bendigo

Next of Kin   His mother, Mrs. Bright of 8 Grafton St Elsternwick

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 22/6/1915

Physical details on enlistment Age 22 years 8 months, 5’7”, 9 stone, blue eyes and dark brown hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Bank clerk

Date and place of death

He was killed in action by a shell at Flers 15/12/1916

Location of grave or memorial

He has no known grave and has his name is on a memorial at Villers Bretonneux

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He was related to the Goldsmiths of Meeniyan

 Military History

  • He attended Grammar school in Bendigo
  • 22/6/15 He enlisted in Melbourne
  • 28/1/16 He went to Egypt on the HMAT Themistocles
  • 23/2/16 He arrived Alexandria
  • 29/3/16 He embarked Alexandria
  • 4/4/16 He arrived Marseilles
  • 28/7/16 He join his unit
  • 30/8/16 or 1/9/16 He was appointed a Lance Corporal
  • He was killed when a dud shell came in and exploded.
  • His friend H Dummett enquired about his death
  • He had an ANA insurance policy
  • His effects consisted of a wallet, note book, pencil case, photos case, photos, whistle, post wards, semaphore cards, 5 military books, scarf, pair knee guards, brush, 7 handkerchiefs, razor, knife, note book, testament
  • A letter from his mother is on page 41 of his file
  • His Mother received his medals, scroll and plaque.


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