Name: John Henry Naylor


Birth Date: 1893 Where: Charters Towers, Queensland
Died: unknown Where: unknown
Place of Enlistment: Longreach, Queensland Age: 21
Serial Number: 530 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,


Photograph Naylor

Service Details:



7 April

1915                      Enlisted

24 May

1915                      Embarked Australia

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

9 January

1916                      Embarked Alexandria, Egypt

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

24 June

1916                      Injured, to hospital

17 February

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

30 June

1917                      Detached to Brigade Band

9 August

1917                      Rejoined Battalion


1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres


1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)


1917                      Red Lodge

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

4 March

1919                      Married

23 July

1919                      Returned to Australia

15 December

1919                      Discharged





Biographical Details:

Nothing is known about the early life of John Henry Naylor other than he was born in Charters Towers Queensland in 1893. When he enlisted in 1915 he nominated Mrs. L. McCarry, a sister living in NSW, as his Next of Kin. His parents were not mentioned. He also stated that he was an Engine Driver.
With the rest of his Battalion John underwent some training in Egypt. During that period he was hospitalised with VD for 17 days. In September the 7th Brigade shipped to Gallipoli for three months.
While serving in Ismailia, on return from Gallipoli, John was charged with being absent from parade and given 24 hours Field Punishment No. 2.
John Naylor served as one of the four designated Stretcher Bearers during the Trench Raid. He is No. 20 in the Black ANZACs’ group photograph.
In late June John was hospitalised with a scalded foot which saw him transferred to England for treatment.  He was unable to rejoin his Battalion until February, 1917. During his time in hospital John was charged with and found guilty of being Absent Without Leave for a day. He was fined a days pay.
After returning to France, in February 1917, John applied for and was transferred to the Brigade Band where he served until rejoining the 26th Battalion in August 1917.
Apart from two lots of furlough John served in Europe until he was marched out for return to Australia.
In England, in March 1919, John married Minnie Evelyn Ivy Custard who eventually joined him in Australia. Perhaps she was the reason why he was admonished and fined 4 days pay in February 1919 for being AWL for 4 days.
John Naylor was discharged in December 1919. Nothing is known of his post-war life.