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Born in Ballarat, John Hughes was a single 22 year old carpenter at the time of his enlistment on the 10th of July 1915. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on the 24th of November 1915. John was transferred to the 2nd Pioneers Battalion, and was promoted to Sergeant on the 23rd of June 1916.
On the 5th of August 1916, he was wounded in action but remained at duty. John was awarded the Military Medal on the 21st of December 1916.
On the 17th of July 1918, John was wounded in action after being gassed.
He was wounded in action on a third occasion on the 4th of August 1918 with a gunshot wound to his forearm.
John returned to Australia on the 5th of February 1919 and was discharged as medically unfit on the 26th of September 1919.
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