WW1 AUSTRALIAN ARMY LONE PINE CASUALTY 3RD BN SEYMOUR SEVERE HEAD WOUND ANZAC

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Australian Army Lone Pine casualty 1915 Star to Private Seymour, 3rd Bn A.I.F.

1914-15 Star, impressed named 1820 PTE J. SEYMOUR. 3/BN. A.I.F.

John Seymour was born in Barraba, N.S.W. in 1888. Prior to enlistment 9/1/1915 he was listed as a Labourer. Regimental number shown crossed out and replace with 1891 and 2nd Battalion for enlistment on service record. Served 2nd Battalion (Machine Gun Section). Received Gun Shot Wound to the head 28/7/1915 during the 2nd Battalion attack at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. Bullet entered left side of forehead, was trephined with a small section of the skull removed, resulting in him being paralysed down the entire right side of the body for 3 months, with eyesight being affected, paralysis, headaches and insomnia. Being operated on at 3rd General Hospital London on two occasions. He was charged with being A.W.O.L. 10/11/15 – 27/11/1915, resulting in loss of 36 day’s pay. He further escaped camp, March 1916, for 23 days, being apprehended by local Police. Upon return to Australia, he was discharged permanently unfit for further service 3/12/1916. He was granted a pension of 22 shillings & 6 pence per fortnight from 27/10/1917. He died at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick 7/6/1924. As a post-script, his widow applied after his death for help in funding their daughter’s education expenses, which the Veterans’ Association refused.

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