No.21966 John Joseph Sexton
John Joseph Sexton, embarked from Melbourne on 20 May 1916, on board HMAT A2 Medic as part of the Howitzer Brigade 23, Battery 107.
He was injured in March 1917 at Messines. During a heavy enemy shell burst, the team of horses John was leading were killed and he was blown out of the saddle. His initial injury was a scalp wound but, three months later, he was diagnosed with shell shock.
Following treatment in England, John was returned to Australia – arriving per A35 Berrima on 30 December 1917.
He was discharged, medically unfit on 1 February 1918 and was awarded a pension of 31 shillings per fortnight.
John Joseph Sexton died on 5 July 1979 and is buried in the Springvale Cemetery.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
Australian War Memorial
National Archives of Australia
Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages