Belcher John Thornhill

SURNAME Belcher
NAME John Thornhill
PLACE-BIRTH Stratford New Zealand
OCCUPATION Farrier
PLACE-ENLISTMENT Mossman
DATE-ENLISTMENT 10/11/1914
NEXT-OF-KIN Thomas Belcher (father) Stratford New Zealand
LINK-TO-DOUGLAS SHIRE Address Mossman and Enlisted Mossman
REGIMENT-1 5th Light Horse, A Squadron.
RANK Farrier Sergeant
CAMPAIGN-1 Gallipoli
CAMPAIGN-2 Middle East
KILLED-IN-ACTION Yes 05/11/1916 France.
OTHER-INFO Embarked from Sydney on Persic, December 1914. Awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal
STORY-OUTLINE John Thornhill Belcher's occupation as farrier was extremely useful for a Light Horse Brigade. When he enlisted at Mossman in November 1914 he was assigned to the 5th Light Horse and moved up to the rank of Farrier Sergeant. Although he suffered some illness, he survived the war in Gallipoli (from 15 May 1915) and the Middle East, returning to Australia in November 1918.
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