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John Colburne Mayne

Temporary Corporal

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Serial No. 31186

2nd Divisional Ammunition Column &4th Field Artillery Brigade


John Colburne Mayne - Information

John enlisted in the AIF with his younger brother, Charles. They signed up on the 3rd of October 1916 at the Royal Showground Camp in Sydney. The Mayne family had resided in Camden, where John and his siblings were born. The family then relocated to Park St in Wollongong, where John was a station worker. John and Charles were made Drivers with the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column. They then boarded the RMS Orontes in Sydney, departing for service on the 19th of December 1916.

John and Charles set down in Plymouth in mid February. John’s training was stifled by illness, reporting to the Devonport Military Hospital. John and Charles were then transported to the Western Front. After staying at Rouelles Base, John farewelled his brother, as they were assigned to different units. On the 1st of October, John joined the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column. The columns ensured that artillery units received their supplies. In January 1918, John was transferred to the 4th Field Artillery Brigade. He then began to suffer with trench fever, reporting sick in late February. The following month, he was invalided to England to Bath War Hospital. When he was feeling better, he was given a furlough in September. He was still in England when the war ended. On the 1st of January 1919, John was appointed Temporary Corporal, and in April, he proceeded to Australia.