27/04/1916- To No. 65 Depot Company as Private

4/05/1916- To 44th battalion 2nd Reinforcements Claremont  WA
1/10/1916- To 11th Training Battalion Codford England
14/11/1916- Transferred 33rd Battalion England
21/11/1916- Proceeded Overseas France ex Southampton ex Codford England
27/01/1917- Admitted Hospital France ( Sick )
13/02/1917- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Sickness
9/07/1917- Wounded in Action France ( Gunshot Wound Chest )
10/07/1917- Admitted 14th General Hospital Boulogne France
14/07/1917- Admitted 1st Convalescent Depot Boulogne France
19/07/1917- Transferred to Rest Camp Boulogne France
7/08/1917-  AWARDED  VICTORIA  CROSS
19/08/1917- Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Base Depot Rouelles France ex Wounded
19/09/1917- Appointed  LANCE  CORPORAL in the field France
12/10/1917- Wounded in Action France ( Gunshot Wound Right Buttock )
13/10/1917- Admitted 55th General Hospital Boulogne France
21/10/1917- Evacuated/Admitted 2nd Birmingham War Hospital Northfield England
28/11/1917- Admitted 3rd Australian Aux Hospital Dartford England
1/12/1917- Granted Leave England
18/12/1917- To No. 1 Command Depot Sutton Veny England ex Leave
28/01/1918- Admitted Sutton Veny Military Hospital ( Fractured Fibula- Caused during a Criminal Assault by a Gang in a London Street )
6/03/1918- Discharged to No. 1 Command Depot Sutton Veny England ex Injury
22/04/1918- Admitted Clearing Hospital Sutton Veny England ( Scabies )
8/05/1918- Admitted 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital Bulford England ( Dermatitis )
14/05/1918- Discharged to Base Depot ex Sickness
25/05/1918- To Overseas Training Brigade Longbridge Deverill England
19/06/1918- Proceeded Overseas Australian Infantry Base Depot Rouelles France ex Folkestone ex Longbridge Deverill England
27/06/1918- Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Base Depot
1/08/1918- Transferred to Administration Headquarters London England ex France
22/08/1918- To No. 2 Command Depot Weymouth England ex Leave for Return to Australia
24/08/1918- Embarked England for Australia per ” Medic ”
15/10/1918- Disembarked Australia
1/01/1919- Discharged from Service
5/10/1971- Date of Death- Buried Karrakatta Cemetery WA – Grave No. KA658.

 

AWARDED  VICTORIA  CROSS

 

Date of Recommendation  :  7 August 1917

 

 ” For most conspicuous gallantry  and devotion to duty.  In the battle of MESSINES RIDGE on June 7th Private John CARROLL acted as a mopper-up .  Immediately the barrage lifted he rushed the enemy’s trench and bayoneted four Germans.  He then noticed a comrade in difficulties with one of the enemy.  He at once proceeded to his comrade’s assistance and killed the German.  He continued working ahead with grim determination and wonderful fearlessness  and came across a machine gun and team of four men in a shell hole;  they offered resistance but single-handedly he attacked the whole team , killed them all and captured the gun.  Later two of his comrades were buried by a shell, and in spite of very heavy shelling  and machine gun fire he extricated them.  During the 96 hours the Battalion was in the line Pte. CARROLL displayed most wonderful courage and fearlessness.  Each night he went out wiring in front of the new line and did excellent work.  On two occasions he brought wounded men back to our line.  His magnificent example inspired the whole Battalion “.

 

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : 20 December 1917

 

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : Page  3372,  Position  2

 

Date of London Gazette :  2 August 1917

 

Location in London Gazette : Page 7906,  Position  2.

 

Refer to Bunbury Herald dated 22 May 1918-  During a speech at Yarloop WA, made by Rev. Father J. Fahey ( DSO ) during a civic reception in honour of his own War Service, Rev. Fahey stated  ”  No part of the State had done better than the timber districts  and all the boys had done well.  There was no need to dwell at length on the bravery of the Australian soldiers; they were inscribed upon the imperishable scrolls of history.  The bravery and grandeur of the Australian troops were second to none  in the world.  Without making any insidious distinctions at the expense of the other brave Regiments I would specially mention  the 15th Battalion ( QLD ) and our own 16th.  The fame of those two battalions stood unparalleled in the military history of our Empire’.  John CARROLL was a Yarloop man who won the VICTORIA CROSS “.

 

The Army had noted John CARROLL’s address as being  P.O Yarloop W.A in 1931.