John Furness Booth was born in Ballarat and was a Fitter by trade when he enlisted in the 5th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 8 on 24 October 1916 at the age of 32. His unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916. He trained with the 12th Battalion and the 5th Pioneer Battalion before joining the 32nd Battalion and moving across to France where he later transferred to the 43rd Battalion. In early 1918 he became ill and by mid-June he had been returned to England suffering from Trench Fever. The war ended before he could return to the Front and on January 8th 1919 he sailed from England on the Orsova, disembarking at Fremantle on February 12th.
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