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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Soldier by occupation, John Leslie Carey was 22 years and single when enlisted on the 1st of July 1916 in the Heavy Artillery Group 36, Reinforcement 8, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Gunner, Number 775. His Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 'Aeneas' on the 30th of September 1916. On the 12th of July 1917 proceeded overseas to France ex Folkestone; absorbed on strength of 54th Battalion on the 19th of July 1917 and admitted sick to Hospital Australian General Base Depot and on the 23rd of December 1917 transferred to England ex A.G.B.D. Havre; on the 24th of December 1917 marched into No. 2 Com Depot Weymouth from France. Embarked per 'A 14' from England for return to Australia - defective eyesight - on the 30th of January 1918. Discharged 3rd Military District ex AIF ex 'Euripides' Military Unit on the27th of April 1918. Tree No. 2671