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Private John Downs 5976, 9th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F. - 'Bullecourt'
First World War Army Australian
By G.Downs

United Kingdom

Private John Downs
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John Downs (copyright unknown)
'Scotsman Fighting For OZ...'

Here is my great uncle who emigrated from Scotland to Australia and enlisted in the AIF to serve his Country. En-route to France they stopped In Britain before being posted to France, John visited old friends in Scotland when on leave and married his long term ex-girlfriend who was a school teacher in Wishaw, whilst on leave.

John fought in France and was killed on 7th May 1917 at Bullecourt.

Now this part is true - when me and my partner at that time visited Bullecourt and we laid flowers in a field, we were walking back along the road to the village something hit me on my calf she said what was that..? I said, 'a stone hit me'...and looked down and it wasn't a was copper with grooves on it about 20mm x 10mm. I'll let you guess what that was.

Well, many months later, I did more research about Bullecourt and location of where John was killed and - Guess what..! He was killed about 100 yards from where I was struck on my leg.

Believe it or not, that is God's Honest Truth. I visited that spot 100 years to the hour of John's death and set off fireworks at 1am to commemorate his passing.

I hope you enjoyed this true story. Best Regards