John Hamilton Summers

John Hamilton Summers

Male 1895 - 1961  (65 years)

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  • Name John Hamilton Summers  [1
    Born 12 Aug 1895  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    War Service 1914 - 1919  World War I Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Hamilton Summers first tried to Enlist in the AIF in 1914 but was rejected as he was suffering from Brights Disease. Brights Disease is an inflammation of the Kidneys.
    His second attempt to enlist in the AIF on the 8th October 1916 was successful. he became a Gunner in 5th Field Artillery Battery. His official Service Number was N57068. He was discribes as being 21 years old, 5ft 9ins tall, chest measurements of 32/36 inches, fresh complexion, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair. His Religion is Church of England. Distinctive Marks large scar back left upper leg moles on shoulders.
    On 8th March 1916 he was marched into the 5th Field Artillery Battery 12th Reinforcements. On 1st December 1916 he was transferred to 4 DAC 10th Reinforcements. on 13 January 1917 the was transferred to 75h Field Artillery Battery 10th Reinforcements and remained with them until 25 Jun 1917.
    On 25 Jun 1917 he was Discharged after qualifying as a Pilot in the newly formed Flying Corps.
    He Joined 44 Squadron Royal Flying Corps and was stationed at Hainault Farm in Essex England. The Squadron were tasked to protect England and particularly London from the threatened Zeppelin and Gotha raids. The Squadron was equipped with the new Sopwith Camel fighter which operated out of Hainault Farm aerodrome in Essex. John was promoted to 2nd Leut on 26th June 1917 
    First World War Military Service Record of Gunner John Hamilton Summers
    First World War Military Service Record of Gunner John Hamilton Summers
    The Military Service Record of John Summers when he enlisted in the AIF during the First World War
    Pilots of 44 Squadron Royal Flying Corps
    Pilots of 44 Squadron Royal Flying Corps
    John Hamilton Summers is in the middle Row furthest left. The photograph was taken in front of one of the Sopwith Camels of the squadron at Hainault Farm aerodrome in Essex England
    Military Service 14 Sep 1921  Armadale, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 14 Sep 1921. He was to remain in the air force until he discharged on 15 May 1946.
    On 8th June 1939 - The Kings Birthday Honours List - "The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of His Majesty's Birthday, to give orders for the following promotion in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:

    To be Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:

    Wing Commander John Hamilton Summers, Royal Australian Air Force."
     
    Extract London Gazette 6 June 1939 Page 3861
    Extract London Gazette 6 June 1939 Page 3861
    John Hamilton Summers Award of Commander of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). It appeared on 6 June 1939 on page 3861.
    War Service 1939 - 1946  World War II Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John was serving full time in the Royal Australian Airforce at the outbreak of World War II. He held the Rank of Wing Commander and was later to be promoted to Rank of Air Commodore and held the position of Air Officer Commanding HQ, North Eastern Area, and was stationed at Townsville, Queensland, Australia. 
    World War II Military Service Certificate of John Hamilton Summers
    World War II Military Service Certificate of John Hamilton Summers
    World War II Military Service Certificate of John Hamilton Summers
    Air Commodore John Hamilton Summers OBE
    Air Commodore John Hamilton Summers OBE
    John Hamilton Summers obtained the Rank of Air Commodore during World War II and Was the Air Officer Commanding HQ, North Eastern Area,Townsville, Queensland, Australia
    Died 13 May 1961  Gisborne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Person ID I9306  Tucker Family Tree | The Descendants of Jonathon Griffiths
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2010 

    Father Charles Stephen Summers,   b. c1857,   d. 1925, Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Mother Edith Marianne A Parnell,   b. 1862, Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940, Hornesby, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F2927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Betty Phyllis Dodge,   b. 11 Nov 1913, Ormond, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Gisborne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1939  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F2931  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Aug 1895 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - John enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 14 Sep 1921. He was to remain in the air force until he discharged on 15 May 1946. On 8th June 1939 - The Kings Birthday Honours List - "The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of His Majesty's Birthday, to give orders for the following promotion in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: To be Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order: Wing Commander John Hamilton Summers, Royal Australian Air Force." - 14 Sep 1921 - Armadale, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1939 - Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 May 1961 - Gisborne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S32] Veteran Affairs (Reliability: 3), 1946.
      Name: John Hamilton Summers

    2. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 3), 1895.
      Surname Summers, Given Names John H, Sex Male, Event Birth, Index Year 1895, Father Charles S, Mother Edith M, Place of Registration Sydney, Registration Year 1895, Registration Number 28895

    3. [S32] Veteran Affairs (Reliability: 3), 15 May 1946.
      Name : John Hamilton Summers
      Date of Birth: 12 August 1895
      Next of Kin: Betty Summers
      World War II Honours: Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

    4. [S16] Death Index Victoria 1921 - 1985, Department of Justice, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, (Macbeth Genealogical Services Pty Ltd) (Reliability: 2), 1961.
      Surname Summers, Given Names John Hamilton, Father Charles Stephen, Mother Edith Parnell, Event Death, Death Place Gisborne, Age 65, Year 1961, Registration Number 8416

    5. [S54] Mark McArthur (Reliability: 3), 13 May 1961.
      Date of Death confirmed by Mark McArthur, Grandson of John Hamilton Smith

    6. [S17] Marriage Index Victoria 1921 - 1942, Department of Justice, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, (Macbeth Genealogical Services Pty Ltd) (Reliability: 3), 1939.
      Family Name Summers, Given Names John Hamilton, Sex Male, Spouse Family Name Dodge, Spouse Given Names Betty Phyllis, Sex Female, Registration Year 1939, Registration Number 11079.


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