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John Thomas Moodie was born in Ballarat and was a Carpenter by trade when he enlisted in the 4th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron as a Lance Sergeant on 19 August 1914 at the age of 24. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914 and arrived at Gallipoli towards the end of May 1915. On September 13th he suffered a gunshot wound and was evacuated to hospital at Heliopolis in Egypt. He rejoined his unit in January 1916. On June 21st 1917 he was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and continued to serve until July 25th 1918 when he married Lilian Naughton at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Alexandria. After the war he returned to Australia on the Karmala, disembarking at Melbourne on February 15th 1919.
His brother, Henry Alexander Moodie (Tree No. 514) also served.
Tree No. 540