Private Samuel John (Jack) Southwell

Service number 9208
Ranks Held Driver, Private
Birth Date 1891
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Liverpool
Death Date 1965
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 3rd Australian Field Ambulance
  • 3rd Australian Field Ambulance
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1919-06-17
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-10-10

Samuel John (Jack) Southwell was the son of Douglas Southwell and Sarah Charlotte Roberts, a pioneer family of the Liverpool area. Jack enlisted in Sydney in August 1915 and embarked for overseas service in December that year. Jack served as a stretcher bearer and ambulance driver with the 3rd Field Ambulance AIF, and saw active service in France and Belgium. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct and devotion to duty during the attack on Froissy Heights on 23 August 1918. Southwell survived the war and one month after returning home, married his faithful fiancee 'Cookie (Ina Irene Dunn). He resumed his pre-war work with the postal department and later he became a customs officer.



Date of birth 1891
Date of enlistment 01 August 1915
Date of embarkation 22 December 1915
Date returned to Australia 15 May 1919
Date of death 1965