Jack Ellery was born in Ballarat and employed as a Rope Worker when he enlisted in the 7th General (Victorian) Reinforcements on 18 October 1917 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 23 July 1918. While at sea he clashed with a senior officer and consequently faced a Court Martial charged with æusing insubordinate language to a superior officer, and disobeying in such a manner as to show wilful defiance of authority'. He was found guilty and sentenced to 28 days detention which he served at the Lewes Detention Barracks in England. He served in France for a short period after hostilities had ceased, before returning to Australia on the Devon, disembarking at Melbourne on November 27th 1919.
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