In January 1916 John Denman was a 30 year old carpenter living at Footscray when he enlisted and was taken on strength with the 14th Battalion. After overcoming two bouts of rheumatism soon after arriving in Egypt he embarked for France and joined the 14th Battalion. On 27 October he sustained a fractured fibula and tibia to his right leg as the result of a gunshot. According to the unit diary the Battalion were in billets at Bellancourt, Belgium at this time. There is no mention of anyone involved in working parties or being wounded. After treatment in England he returned to Australia in October 1917 and he took his discharge. John and his wife Violet moved to Tasmania in the early 1960’s and later settled at St. Helens where he died in February 1969. His wife having predeceased him.