Private John Joseph Williams enlisted on the 16th of February 1916. He was born in Port Cygnet and worked as a labourer. On May the 1st he was considered ‘fit for active service’ and on the 1st of July 1916 he left Australia. He sailed to England where he got into trouble for being AWOL from midnight to midday on the 13th of November. For that offence he lost 4 days’ pay. Ten days later he sailed across the English Channel to France. On the 30th of September 1918, just 2 months before the war ended, he fell sick with Trench Fever. He was sent back to England to hospital and on the last day of 1918 he left England on the hospital ship Saxon to come home. Although the ship docked in Australia on the 2nd of January 1919 he was quarantined on the ship and he only disembarked on the 30th of January.
Researched by: Sarah Roberts and unveiled with the Hon Senator Eric Abetz