- Search Military records Find your ancestors in our military collection
- Browse Memory BankRead the stories in the findmypast memory bank
- History of Anzac Day Find out more on the origins of Anzac Day
- Military History Articles Read articles by Military experts
- Boer War Learn more about the Boer War
- First World War Learn more about World War I
- Second World War Learn more about World War II
- Korean War Learn more about the Korean War
- Vietnam War Learn more about the Vietnam War
- Photos View wartime photos
- Videos Watch videos on the wars
- Free Digital Magazine Download the findmypast and Inside History Magazine
- Ask an Expert Send in your questions for our experts
- Blog Read our blog and stay up to date
- Inside History Magazine Read about our partner in this project
Private John (Jack) James Herring, 51st Battalion AIF
by Patricia McQueen
My Uncle Jack, my dad's eldest brother, was killed in France during WWI. I never met him, but he has been part of my life every ANZAC day ever since I can remember (I'm now 75 years). My siblings and I went to every Anzac Day celebration, first in Bunbury and then wherever we were, to remember him and to give thanks to him and all service men and women. My Dad never came with us, I think the loss was too painful. I now watch it on TV to pay my respect.
He was single when he was killed, so there is only his nieces and nephews and their descendents to remember him, thankfully my grandsons now carry on the tradition, taking a photo to school for discussion.
John (Jack) James Herring, Service No 1922, Private, 51st Battalion, AIF (Australian Infantry Forces)
Enlisted 21 February 1916
Residence: Thadina Street, Sandstone. Western Australia
Embarked Fremantle 20/7/1916
Plymouth, England UK 9/9/1916
Killed in Action 2 April 1917 (aged 24 years)
H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, France
Grave/Memoria Ref: Sp. Mem.B.3.
Recipient of Victory Medal and British War medal.
Name listed on King's Park Memorial, Perth, Western Australia and records in Canberra.
Family address listed as Queen of the Hills Road, Meekatharra when killed.