Trooper Jack Geddes

From Baker to Machine Gunner

From Baker to Machine Gunner

John (Jack) Geddes had arrived in Brisbane from Scotland, with his parents and 5 siblings in 1911, the family settled in Toowoomba where his father worked as a bakery manager.

Trooper Jack Geddes was assigned to the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and arrived Egypt with the 12th Reinforcements in February 1916. Two weeks later he was transferred to the Signal Troop of that regiment.

Light Horse troopers rugged up against the desert cold

In July 1917 Jack was transferred from the Light Horse to the 1st Australian Machine Gun Squadron , which accompanied the mounted regiment. It was not long after this that Jack was hospitalised for a short time, and no doubt in need of a break, was caught absent without leave, using another soldiers' pass.

Machine gunners training with gas-masks

conduct prejudice of good order and military discipline

Jack was confined to a Field Punishment compound for the term of his sentence, and several days after his release, sent to a School of Instruction at Zeitoun.

"Malaria ... caused an extra ordinary number of evacuations ... two cases proving fatal."

Heavy Vehicle

By April 1919 the Squadron was ready to return to Australia and Trooper Jack Geddes departed Egypt, 15 May for home on the troopship Orari.

Warrant Officer, George Geddes, 17th Army Service Corps, was 41 years when he enlisted. He left Australia for Egypt in May 1915 but by April 1916 was serving in France. George was promoted to Warrant Officer & Mentioned in Despatches in December 1917 for

"consistent devotion to duty ... The ability and tact shown by this Warrant Officer is very praiseworthy"

Soldiers cafe Dalby

Geddes Bakery 1928


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