John Cronk

Canungra’s cenotaph records the names of all those who enlisted in the Great War, including John Cronk who was discharged from the Army as medically unfit.

A 32-year-old labourer, John enlisted on March 11, 1916. By the end of the month, an Army medical board in Brisbane recommended he be discharged as permanently unfit.

According to the medical report, John Cronk had very little schooling and had “slowness of intelligence”. He also stood awkwardly, suggesting curvature of the spine.

On March 30, John was returned to civilian life, his papers stamped “discharged medically unfit not due to misconduct”.

Service medical exam, 1914.

(Image: Public Domain.)

“John enlisted on March 11, 1916.”


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