John William Henry Sherry

Sherry-JohnName   John William Henry Sherry

Number    Private 3992

Battalion   57th Battalion then the 10th Machine Gun Company  

Place of Birth   Korumburra

Next of Kin   His father, Joseph Patrick Sherry of Leongatha

Date and place of enlistment   23/12/1915

Physical details on enlistment Age 22 years and 10 months, 5’ 4 ½ ” 138 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair

Religion   Roman Catholic

Occupation   farm worker

Date and place of death

He was killed in action on the 29/9/18

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried near the place where he fell and was moved to Unicorn Cemetery Vendhuile France

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He and his family lived in Leongatha 

Military History

  • 23/12/15 He enlisted
  • 8/2/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Warilda
  • He was placed in the 5th reinforcement of the 24th Battalion
  • He was then transferred to the 57th
  • He was in the same battalion as Jock Patterson
  • 16/4/16 He was transferred to the artillery in the 10th Machine Gun Company
  • 21/4/16 He was mustered as a gunner
  • 5/5/16 He went to hospital ill
  • 17/5/16 He was transferred to England
  • 20/11/16 He returned to France
  • 27/12/16 He was ill in hospital and went to England
  • 12/2/17 He returned to France
  • 4/6/17 He was admitted to hospital in France suffering from tonsillitis and stayed there until 12/6/17
  • 3/7/17 He had influenza
  • 7/7/17 He returned to duty
  • 13/7/17 He was wounded in action but still on duty
  • 8/9/17 He was absent from his billet after 9pm and received 4 days detention
  • 11/9/17 He went to hospital with influenza
  • 15/9/17 He returned to his unit
  • 17/11/17 He is sick with laryngitis
  • 20/11/17 He went to England
  • 22/11/17 He went to Norwich War Hospital
  • 8/12/17 He is discharged from Norwich and went to Bracondale
  • 12/12/17 A court ordered him to lose 4 days pay for being absent without leave on 4/5/17
  • 14/12/17 He rejoined his unit
  • 12/2/18 He was with the 3rd auxiliary Dartord
  • 4/3/18 He was in Dartford
  • 16/3/18 He was in London
  • 2/7/18 He travelled overseas from Folkstone
  • 3/7/18 He moved to base camp

* 10/7/18 He joined his unit

  • 28/8/18 He was sick in hospital
  • 25/9/18 He returned to his Battalion
  • 29/9/18 He was killed in action
  • His effects were, a testament, two note books, purse, rosary and photos,
  • His remains were exhumed and placed in Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile. A notice for this was dated January 29th 1924
  • In July 1922 his father asked for his plaque and eventually received it.

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