Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
Service Number 185
8/09/1914- Completed Medical Examination Blackboy Hill WA & temporarily allocated to 15th Battalion 4th Infantry
13/10/1914- Completed Medical Examination Helena Vale WA and allocated to ” A ” Company
3/02/1915- To Overseas Training Base Egypt ex Australia
21/03/1915- Embarked Alexandria Egypt for Australia per ” Ulysses ” ( Medically Unfit )
15/04/1915- Disembarked Melbourne VIC ex Alexandria Egypt
30/04/1915- Discharged from Service ( Medically Unfit ).
Service Number 6513
5/03/1916- Completed Medical Examination Albany WA
12/04/1916- Completed Medical Examination Blackboy Hill WA and allocated to 62 Depot as Private
1/05/1916- To 16th Battalion 21st Reinforcements
12/12/1916- To No. 4 Training Battalion Codford England ex Australia
8/02/1917- Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Folkestone England
13/02/1917- Joined 16th Battalion in the field France
11/04/1917- Reported Missing In Action France – later confirmed to have been captured as a Prisoner of War and held at Limburg Germany
18/12/1918- Repatriated Prisoner of War disembarked in England
8/01/1919- Granted Leave England
14/02/1919- To No. 2 Command Depot Weymouth England for Return to Australia
28/03/1919- Embarked England for Australia per ” Koroa ” ( Debility )
19/06/1919- Discharged from Service ( Medically Unfit ).
SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED
1914/15 Star – No. 3893
British War Medal – No. 14116
Victory Medal – No. 13858
Refer to articles in the Bunbury Herald and Blackwood Express of Tuesday 9 November 1920, detailing the Wokalup Timber Train Disaster on 6 November 1920.
John FLYNN was on board the fully loaded train with tinker and 28 trucks , when it suffered braking problems and left the tracks at high speed near Wokalup at 9.20 p.m.
There were 13 men, icluding Rail Staff and Mill Hands, aboard the train at time of the accident, with 9 men being killed.
John FLYNN and Chris WILTON were uninjured in the incident, being very luckily placed aboard the last truck, which did not derail in the accident.