John William Ackroyd was born in Ballarat and was a Salvation Army Officer when he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps, General Reinforcements on 24 July 1917 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 22 October 1918. He reached England in late September, then deployed to France on November 10th, the day before the Armistice was signed. Despite missing the fighting, in early March 1919 he required evacuation to the Bethnal Green Military Hospital in England. What was initially thought to have been an accidental ankle sprain proved to be a leg fracture. He returned to Australia as a member of the nursing staff on the Euripides, disembarking at Melbourne on October 20th 1919.
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