Information about birth

Date of birth:
29/10/1884
Place of birth:
Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia

General information

Profession:
Farmer

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
3105
Enlistment date:
20.11.1916
Enlistment place:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 52nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
26/09/1917
Place of death:
Albania, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
32

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 3

Additional information

Private John Akers ( 52nd Bn., 13rd Australian Brigade, 4th Australian Division ) was killed in action on the 26th of September 1917, the day that marks the beginning of the Battle of Polygon Wood.
The divisions of the Anzac Corps that were located southwest of the centre of Zonnebeke were the 4th and 5th Australian Divisions. The jumping off line was J.3.a.5.9. – J.9.b.5.7 – J.9.d.0.4.. The 5th Australian Division was positioned on the right and they were assigned to take over Polygon Wood. The 4th Australian Division was positioned on the left and attacked with the 4th and 13th Australian Brigades, respectively located on the right and the left in between the divisional borders. The main goal of the 13th Brigade was to seize Brick Yard ( D.28.a.0.0. )
Both divisions were successful in obtaining the two objectives ; the Red Line and the Blue Line ; and consolidating those lines.
Due to some inaccurate information concerning the division and brigade to which the 52nd battalion belonged, it’s difficult to determine were private Akers exactly fell on the 26st of September. Nonetheless, we presume that he fell between Albania Farm and Brick Yard. He is remembered at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

Sources 6

" The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account ", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 85, 87-89.
Sources used
Ancestry
http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Further reference
Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/people/roll-search/all/?preferred_name=akers&service_number=3105&unit=&conflict=0&op=Search
Further reference
CWGC
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1597330/AKERS,%20JOHN
Sources used
The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/
Further reference
War Diary Australian Infantry, 52nd Bn.
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RCDIG1000549/
Further reference