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Born in Ballarat, John Madden Grainger was a single 27 year old signal man when he enlisted on the 20th of July 1916. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on the 2nd of October 1916.
In 1917 he was promoted three times in the month of June, August and October, and was given the ranks of Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant.
On March 13th 1919 John was promoted to ER Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant.
He returned to Australia on the 27th of November 1919 and was discharged due to the termination of his enlistment period on the 12th of January 1920.
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