John Mossop (Service No. 5715)
(1881 - 1954)

John Mossop was born in 1881 at Bullarto Victoria the son of John Mossop (Snr) and Ellen Mossop nee Pridmore. John enlisted into the Army at the age of 35 years 2 months at Werribee on 6 March 1916 where he had been working as a labourer for a number of years prior within Werribee and Laverton. John had a younger brother Henry Reuben Mossop who also enlisted in the AIF about two weeks after John. Henry was 30 years old at the time he enlisted.

Private Mossop had been assigned to the 7th Infantry Battalion and was undertaking his basic training in Broadmeadows with other enlistees to prepare for what was ultimately to come.

It appears that when it was advised that the battalion was to prepare to embark for Europe John went missing. This happened around July 1916 and he did not return to the camp so John did not see action overseas. There is no record as to why he left basic training nor continue with his service or any action that was taken.

There are very few records for John during the period of WWI but it appears that he may have travelled into country Victoria to the town of St Arnaud where he gained employment and eventually in 1942 married Louisa Victoria Thornburgh within the town.

The couple set up home and John passed way in January 1954 at the age of 72 and is buried at the St Arnaud cemetery.

References:

  1. ancestry.com.au
  2. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7989212
  3. Werribee Shire Banner, Roll of Honor, 9 November 1916

Research by: Graeme Reilly (ALHS)