Serial No. 4759
4th Battalion & 56th Battalion
Jacob Creighton - Information
When Picton born, Jacob Creighton enlisted in the AIF, he was living in Redfern with his wife and working as a barman. He joined up in Casula on the 24th of November 1915, aged 32. He left Sydney on the HMAT Star of England on the 8th of March 1916, sailing as a Private with the 15th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion.
Jacob landed in Egypt and was shortly transferred to the 56th Battalion on the 20th of April. The 56th Battalion was shipped to the Western Front, making their way to frontlines. In July, they received orders to launch an attack at the German line at Fromelles. During this devastating battle, Jacob was shot in the right ankle on the 20th of July, a particularly painful wound. He was treated at the 14th General Hospital in Wimereux, before being evacuated to England to a Military Hospital in Hammersmith. The bones in his ankle were shattered, and he was unable to return to active service. After a minor bout with venereal disease, he was sent back to Australia on the 4th of May 1917.
Jacob returned home to his sister at 255 Cleveland St in Redfern. He moved to Hollinwood, before settling down at 104 Redfern St, Redfern in the 1930s.