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John Brain was born in Ballarat and was a Labourer by trade when he enlisted in the 29th Battalion, A Company on 12 July 1915 at the age of 27. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915. In Egypt in early 1916 he was constantly troubled by pleurisy then in April he was transferred to the 46th Battalion and moved to France in June. On February 12th 1917 he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to his right leg which necessitated his evacuation to the Birmingham War Hospital in England. In May, while still convalescing, he was found guilty of being absent without leave and sentenced to nine days in detention. He was able to rejoin his battalion in France in November but was soon transferred to the 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company. On January 30th 1918 he was gassed and once again evacuated to England, to the Eastbourne Military Hospital. While recovering in England, further illness required his admission to hospital at Bulford. After the war he returned home on the Saxon, disembarking at Melbourne on January 30th 1919.
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