John was the son of James and Lettyes Frame of Wandsworth NSW. He was a twenty six year old Labourer living with his wife at Ashford when he enlisted at Inverell in July 1915. Prior to the War he had been a member of the 5th Light Horse for seven years.
John joined the 6th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement and left Australia for Egypt on HMAT A60 Aeneas in December 1915. He was promoted to Corporal in April 1916 and two months later sent to France. In a letter home he wrote ‘I am in the Divisional Ammunition Column. Our work is to take the ammunition to the big guns … I have seen some fine sights since I left Australia, and the trip through France was beautiful…’ (Inverell Times 7 November 1916)
After promotion to Bombardier he attended a Trench Mortar School. Early in 1917 he was transferred to the 12th Field Artillery Brigade. John returned to Australia and discharged in 1919. Shortly after arriving home he was one of several men given a ‘Welcome Home’ at Graman and presented with an inscribed medal. John became the first Secretary of the Ashford Sub Branch of the RSL when it was formed in 1919. He lived at Ashford until his death in 1967.
John's name is recorded on the Graman Roll of Honor and the Inverell Honor Roll.