John Thomas SEWELL

Year of Birth:  1888

Place of Birth:  Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Enlistment:  31 October 1914

Date and Place of Embarkation:  22 December 1914, Melbourne, Victoria

Ship:  HMAT Berrima A35

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  15th Australian Infantry Battalion; 1st Reinforcement

Regimental Number:  1359

Died:  27 April 1915 – Gallipoli



John Thomas Sewell. Courtesy of


John Thomas Sewell was born c1888 in Lincolnshire, England. He married Mary Evans, formerly Gladstone, who already had 4 children, on the 26 November 1904. John and Mary  had one child born 1907 who did not survive.

In 1903 John was living in Mossman and by 1909 had moved to Hambledon, where he remained.

On his enlistment in Townsville, his age was 35 years 10 months, occupation a labourer and next of kin, his brother, Mr H Sewell, Bunda Street, Cairns. His height was 5 feet 5 1/2 inches, weighed 108.9 pounds with a darkish complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.  He gave his religion as Church of England.

John Thomas Sewell embarked on the HMAT Berrima A35 on the 22 December 1914 and was killed in action at Dardanelles, Gallipoli Peninsula on the 27 April 1915. His resting place could not be located. He is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


HMAT Berrima A35 – photo courtesy of Australian War Memorial


Morning Post – 2 Novemberr 1904 p2



Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Berrima A35, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Sewell J T, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

Morning Post 29 November 1904 p2


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