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John Miles Wardrobe


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Serial No. 1580

6th Light Horse Regiment & 1st Field Squad Engineers


John Miles Wardrobe - Information

John was born in Picton in 1895 to John and Eliza Wardrobe. He grew up in the area, serving in the local 9th Light Horse. By the time the war started, the Wardrobe family had relocated to 4 Derby St in Camperdown. While here, John completed a 5 year apprenticeship in Redfern, becoming a plumber. On the 8th of September 1915, he signed up at Warwick Farm Depot. He was made a Trooper with the 12th Reinforcements, 6th Light Horse Regiment. He then boarded the SS Hawkes Bay in Sydney on the 23rd of October 1915 for war service.

The Hawkes Bay sailed to Egypt. John hopped off and was marched out to the Light Horse Details in Maadi in late December. In 1916, he joined his unit in defending the Suez Canal from a Turkish attack and commenced patrols into the Sinai Desert. In July, he was attached and later joined the 1st Field Squad Engineers as a Sapper. From May until August 1918, John spent time in various hospitals with varioles. In early October, he was attached for duty with Headquarters for the Australian Mounted Division Train. He continued to serve with HQ for the remainder of the war. Unluckily shortly after the war ended, he reported to hospital in December with malaria. In March 1919, John was transported to the UK, assigned duty at HQ in London, and also the Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery. He then stepped abroad the Prinz Ludwig on the 9th of July 1919 for his journey home.