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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Clerk by trade, John Rhys Bodycomb was 18 years and single when enlisted on the 26th of February 1917 in the Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 28, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Gunner, Number 35861. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 'Port Sydney' on the 9th of November 1917. And was listed as returned to Australia per 'PORT Melbourne' on the 5th of July 1919. Injured accidently on the 19th of April 1919 in the 12th Army Brigade. Discharged at Melbourne with the Termination of Period of Enlistment on the 12th of September 1919. Recommendations (Medals and Awards) Military Medal for 'Work at Foucaucourt on the 26th of August 1918.' Recommendation date: 30th of August 1918. Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75 Date: 17th of June 1919. Tree No.2927