John Thomas Dwyer
Serial No. 2722
John Thomas Dwyer - Information
John Thomas Dwyer was a member of a Campbelltown family, born in Appin in 1892. John stayed in Appin where he worked as a watchman. In 1916, John was informed that two of his brothers, John William and Percy Clive had enlisted in the AIF. John Thomas then decided to join up at Kiama on the 25th of October 1916 when he was 24.
During training, John was designated to the 5th Reinforcements, 37th Battalion as a Private. His unit departed Sydney onboard the HMAT Benalla on the 9th of November 1916, and arrived in Devonport in early January 1917. John was then marched into Weymouth and Larkhill Camps for Western Front training. However, while in England, John injured his left hand. Consequently, he was considered unsuitable for active duty and was subsequently sent back to Australia for home service.