Private John Roy Joseph Corfian

Service number 3377
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Strathfield
Death Date 1918-03-31
Death Place France
Also known as Frank Smith, John Corfian
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private John Roy Joseph Corfian (3377, 33rd Battalion) was working as a storeman in Coogee, NSW, when he enlisted in June 1917 under the alias of Frank Smith. John received gunshot wounds to his head during an Allied counterattack at Hangard Wood on 30 March 1918 against the German spring offensive, and died the following day. He is buried in the Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, France. John’s mother wrote that he was 17 years 4 months of age at the time of his death.



Date of enlistment 07 June 1917
Date of embarkation 16 July 1917
Date of death 31 March 1918
Date of fate 31 March 1918