PROUDFOOT, John Campbell

John’s birth to John and Amy Proudfoot was registered at Warialda in 1898. At the age of nineteen he enlisted at Inverell in January 1918, stating he was an engine driver at Nullamanna. His parents gave their permission for him to serve overseas.

He became a member of the 1st Pioneer Battalion, 15th Reinforcement and sailed from Australia for England on RMS Osterley in May 1918. He went into Camp at Sutton Veny before being transferred to the 53rd Battalion. He served in France from November 1918 until May 1919 when he returned to England. He came back to Australia on the ship Rio Padro which was quarantined upon arrival in Sydney due to a case of smallpox. John was discharged in July 1919. He returned to the Inverell district where he was given a Welcome Home at Brodies Plains and presented with an inscribed medal. John married at Inverell where he lived for several years. He also served during World War II, enlisting in the CMF at Adamstown. He died in 1977.

John’s name is recorded on the Inverell and Nullamanna Honor Rolls.