Jack Becker

First Name: 
Jack
Last Name: 
Becker
Mother's Name: 
Clarinda (nee Snell)
Father's Name: 
John Becker
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, May 17, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
45th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, October 11, 1917
Place of Death: 
Messines, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Jack Becker was born about 1898 and attended Albion Park Public School. He had spent three and a half years in the cadets and was with the 37th Infantry CMF when he enlisted. He was a single 19 year old farmer and had permission from his aunt to enlist.

He embarked on HMAT A68 Anchises with 5th Reinforcements, 45th Battalion on 24th August 1916. After training in England he went to France and saw service on the Western Front. In March 1917 he was admitted to hospital for treatment of trench foot. In September he was again admitted to hospital, this time with scabies but rejoined his unit 2 weeks later.

Jack was fighting in the Paschendaele area when he was killed in action on 11th October 1917. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. He is also remembered on the Albion Park Roll of Honour.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BECKER J

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