John Skyring Cross

Born: 7 April 1898

Died: 20 March 1918

Son of Ernest William Cross and Mary Louisa Eliza Ann Cross, née Skyring, of 92 Ourimbah Road, Mosman,

John's sister was Zora Bernice May Cross (18 May 1890 – 22 January 1964), an Australian poet, novelist and journalist. She wrote Elegy on an Australian Schoolboy (1921) in memory of her 19-year-old soldier brother.

From the University of Sydney Book of Remembrance -

Exhibitioner, Medicine: Corporal, 56th Battn., A.I.F., France.

Enlisting 12th December, 1916, went almost immediately to France and served at Bullecourt and Ypres till wounded at Passchendaele 17th October, 1917. After recovery at Rouen Hospital rejoined battn. and acted as runner till wounded again and evacuated to England. Returning to France in March, 1918, was taken back unconscious to hospital in England.

Died, Southampton Hospital, 24th March, 1918, and was buried in Netley Military Cemetery.

Early education at Gympie Central, The Valley (Brisbane), Neutral Bay Public and Sydney High Schools

. . . . While uniformed in glory with the free He stands saluting in his Captain''s tent.—Z.C.

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