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John Griffin was born in Ballarat and was a Chimney Sweep by trade when he enlisted in the 24th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement on 22 August 1915 at the age of 29. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915. He joined the 24th Battalion upon arrival in Egypt in January 1916, then, in March he moved to France. On July 28th he was wounded in action, suffering shrapnel wounds to his right arm and side. He was evacuated to hospital in England but returned to France to rejoin his battalion on Christmas Day 1916. In March 1918 he was transferred to the 2nd Division Train with whom he served out the remainder of the war. He returned to Australia on the Trasos Montes, disembarking at Melbourne on May 22nd 1919
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