Name: John William Price


Birth Date: 1890 Where: South Australia
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill Age: 24
Serial Number: 758 Battalion: 28th (4th M.G.)
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

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



 Service Details:



18 March, 1915

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle


1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

3 July

1916 mmmmmmmWounded, Shell Shock                     

11 Decemberr

1916                      Returned to France


1917                      Warlencourt


1917                      Attack on Malt Trench


1917                      Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)

3 May

1917 mmmmmmmWounded                     

18 April

1918                      Returned to France

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

4 July

1918                      Wounded

9 Sept

1918                      Rejoined Unit

11 November

1918                      Armistice

 19 May

1919 mmmmmmmDemobilised


Biographical Details:

John William Price was the eldest of four boys and a girl born to John William Price and Layland Frances Pollock in Naracoote, South Australia in 1890.
At some stage the Price family moved to Gippsland in Victoria although, when he enlisted in March 1915, John was employed as a sleeper hewer in Western Australia.
Initially John was attached to the No. 13 Depot Company until the 28th Battalion was commissioned in April 1915. As an original member of the Battalion, John had some training at Blackboy Hill before being shipped to Egypt in June.  After further training the Battalion was sent to Gallipoli. During the June Trench Raid John was part of the Right Parapet Party.
In July 1916, at Messines, John was wounded and hospitalised suffering from Shell Shock. 
In May 1917 John was wounded again, by a bomb blast. On this occasion he received severe wounds to both thighs, an ankle and both arms. Again he was hospitalised in the UK and while there contracted VD. While convalescing he was charged with disobedience for not wearing a blue armband as directed.
In early 1918 John transferred to the 4th Machine Gun Battalion, which in March had become a separate unit of the 4th Division, composed of soldiers from all Australian states, and in April he returned to France. He was again in trouble when he missed a parade and forfeited 7 days pay.
In July 1918 John was wounded for the third time and was treated for a GSW to the right buttock.  He remained in Europe until January 1919 when he returned to England. He embarked for Australia, in April 1919. 
John was discharged in Melbourne in May 1919. The 1914-15 Star and Victory service medals were delivered to a Melbourne address in 1925.
John Price’s post war life and death remain unknown but in 1938 he applied for membership of the RSL in Sydney.