Burial register ID: 17763
First name: JOHN
Middle names: ORMSBY (JACK)
Gender: Male
Age: 24 Years
Cause of death: Died in the war
Burial type: Memorial only
Date of death: 09-Oct-1916
Date of burial: 01-Jan-1970

Block: 153
Plot: 1

Bio contributor: Ian D. Martyn (Major Retired, New Zealand Army) Administrator & Founder Medals Reunited New Zealand ©2014

5137 Private John Ormsby (Jack*) Sullivan (c.1892 – 1916), 1st Australian Imperial Force.

Late of 16 Lees Street, South Dunedin, Jack enlisted in the AIF in October 1914 at the Broadmeadows Camp, Melbourne.

He enlisted into the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade (12th Company, AASC) which departed Melbourne on 2 February 1915.

Jack served at Gallipoli from May 1915 until the evacuation in December 1915.

He was transferred from the disbanded portion of the 3rd ALH Brigade to the 56th Infantry Battalion, AIF to reinforce the Western Front battle front-line in the vicinity of Armentiers from June 1916.

Jack Sullivan was killed in action on 9 October 1916 when a stray artillery shell struck his billet in the village of Fleurbaix on the Somme, France. This also killed one civilian (Jack’s was the only death for the battalion that day).

Jack* – the forename under which Pte Sullivan enlisted, and that which appears on his headstone. He is buried in the Croix du Bac British Military Cemetery, France.

There are 5 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
SULLIVAN JOHN 74 Years 18-May-1933 20-May-1933
SULLIVAN JOHN ORMSBY (JACK) 24 Years 09-Oct-1916 01-Jan-1970
SULLIVAN MARGARET ORMSBY 69 Years 09-May-1932 11-May-1932
SULLIVAN MARGARET ORMSBY 2 Months 18-Sep-1888 20-Sep-1888
SULLIVAN MARJORIE EVELYN 19 Years 07-May-1917 09-May-1917