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John Leonard Groat was 18 years old and single when he enlisted from Ballarat South on 21st October 1915. He had been born in Ballarat and was an apprentice grocer. Under the Senior Cadet scheme he had been training as a medical assistant and stretcher bearer for four years with the Militia. He was posted to the 10th Australian Field Ambulance as a member of the Australian Army Medical Corps. His Regimental No. was 12458. During his service in France he had been promoted Lance Corporal, and had been awarded a Military Medal for his bravery and devotion to duty as a stretcher bearer. On the 16th October 1917 he was killed in action near Zonnebeke, Belgium. His name is on the Menin Gate Memorial. Ypres, Belgium. Tree No. 1925