Name:John Sandercock

Birth Date: 1892 Where: Wandillong, Victoria
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Beverley, Western Australia Age: 23
Serial Number: Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Sergeant

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



Service Details:



25 May

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

7 June

1916                      Wounded, Trench Raid

7 September

1916                      Rejoined Unit

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

18 October

1916                      Promoted L/Corporal


1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

5 November

1916                      Promoted Corporal


1917                      Warlencourt


1917                      Attack on Malt Trench


1917                      Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)

6 May

1917                      Promoted Sergeant


1917                      Bapaume


1917                      Cassel

16 August

1917                      7th Training Battalion

29 November

1917                      Rejoined Battalion


1917                      Red Lodge

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

19 April

1918                      Wounded

11 November

1918                      Armistice

7 March

1919                      Returned to Australia





Biographical Details:

John (Jack) Sandercock was born to Richard and Mary Sandercock in the farming district of Wandiligong of Victoria in 1892.
At the outbreak of the war Jack was farming in Beverley, Western Australia.  It was here that he enlisted in the 28th Battalion in May 1915.
The 28th Battalion was located in Egypt for three months undergoing further training before transferring to Gallipoli. In October Jack was hospitalised and sent to Abbassia. He was able to rejoin his Battalion in time for the move to France.
During the Trench Raid, Jack was part of the Right Parapet Party. He was one of the four Raiders wounded while returning to the Australian trenches. While most of the Raiders were enjoying special leave in London, Jack was being treated for wounds to an arm and a leg.
Jack was able to return to the field in August and was quickly promoted L/Cpl and Corporal and eventually Sergeant. Unfortunately in April 1918 he was again wounded. He was invalided to England but his injuries were severe enough to see him returned to Australia where he was discharged in March 1919.
Jack returned to farming in the Beverley district. In 1920 he married Bertha Jane Gover with whom he had three children.
Jack died in 1963, aged 71.  In 1967 Bertha applied for Jack’s ANZAC Commemorative Medallion.