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John Joseph Sweeney

Printed From: The Gallipoli Association
Category: Roll of Honour of the Fallen - Gallipoli Campaign
Forum Name: Australians who served in units from other countries.
Forum Description: Australian who died whilst serving in foreign units.
Printed Date: 19 Sep 2019 at 02:24
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Topic: John Joseph Sweeney
Posted By: Peter Trounson
Subject: John Joseph Sweeney
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2012 at 14:10

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Service number: 8/1384

Rank: Private

Unit: 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment

Service: New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Conflict: 1914-1918

Date of death: 2 October 1916

Place of death: France

Cause of death: Executed (Desertion)

Cemetery or memorial details: Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France


Posted By: Lone Pine
Date Posted: 27 Sep 2012 at 09:39

I always thought that Australia and New Zealand did not shoot deserters!!!!  They sent them home in disgrace, so perhaps somewhere along the line it changed.

Grandaughter of William Pritchard KIA Lone Pine
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Posted By: Peter Trounson
Date Posted: 27 Sep 2012 at 11:18
The Australians never shot deserters but the Kiwis certainly did. This Aussie had the misfortune of joining up with the Kiwis whilst in New Zealand. Not a mistake he made twice.


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