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John Hosking


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Serial No. 3108

Camel Corps


John Hosking - Information

John Hosking was born in Araleun, NSW c1873. He eventually came to the Campbelltown area, residing in Appin and working as a labourer. When he was 44 years old, he enlisted at Menangle Park on the 24th of April 1917. Here, John was designated to the Camel Corps, leaving Sydney on the 9th of May 1917 onboard the HMAT Port Sydney.

John arrived in Suez, Egypt on the 20th of June, and was marched out to the Isolation Camp in Moascar as there were continual outbreaks of the mumps and measles, which the military hoped to contain. He was then taken on strength to the ANZAC Reserve in Abbassia in July, and then the 18th Company, 4th Camel Battalion in August. The Camel Corps fought the Turkish Army throughout Palestine, Jordan and Syria, conducting patrols and operations. On the 1st of July 1918, he was allotted to Light Horse Details. However, ten days later, reported to the 14th Australian General Hospital with arterial sclerosis. His medical file stipulates that John had started feeling ill fighting in the Jordan Valley. In hospital, he was feeling very debilitated and nervous. He was experiencing pain and shortness of breath, giddiness, and heart palpitations. He was then invalided home with debility and arterial sclerosis, boarding the Wiltshire at Suez on the 30th of August 1918.