Ethell, John Oliver (Lieutenant)

Unit 23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number 1DRL/0268
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Papers
Maker Ethell, John Oliver
Place made Egypt, France
Date made 1915-1917
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/1223
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Collection relating to service of Lieutenant John Oliver Ethell, 23 Battalion, Sinai and France, 1915-1917. Collection includes a diary and letters written home to family in Australia.

History / Summary

Biographical note: Served with the 23rd Battalion, AIF. State school teacher and student for Holy Orders; of Laidley, Queensland; born Kalk Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa, came to Australia when 8 years old; educated at state school and also privately; was a boy scout; joined AIF 13 August 1915, became a sapper in 6 Field Company Engineers, afterwards gaining a commission in the infantry; was wounded at Bullecourt in May 1917; killed in action at Broodseinde, 4 October 1917, aged 21 years 6 months.