John (Jack) Hall Rosser
Service Number 39337

Gunner Jack Rosser served with the field artillery in France in the last weeks of the war, after enlisting in Brisbane on March 19, 1917.

His brother, Stan Rosser, had joined up some 12 months earlier and had just arrived in England when Jack, then 24 years old, enlisted in the 34th Field Artillery reinforcements.

Born in Brisbane, Jack was part of the Rosser family which farmed at the southern end of Tamborine Mountain, and had stated his occupation as beekeeper when he enlisted.

Jack embarked for service in World War One aboard the HMAT Port Darwin, arriving at Southampton in England on July 16, 1918.

After further training in Liverpool, he left for the battlefields of France in October, 1918, serving with the 10th Field Artillery Brigade in the weeks before the Armistice of November 11.

Jack returned to England in early 1919 and was hospitalised with influenza in February. A few weeks later, he was best man at his brother Stan’s marriage to Rosa Parnisari on February 21 at St Leonard’s Church of England, Bulford, in Wiltshire.

Rather than waiting for repatriation to Australia, Jack took leave and in April began the journey home, at his own expense. He stopped over in America and arrived in Australia in September 1919 on the SS Ventura.

“A few weeks later, he was best man at his brother Stan’s marriage in Wiltshire.”

A lasting legacy for future generations.

Jack was discharged from the Army on October 20, 1919, grateful to have seen very little action during the war.

Soon after returning to Australia, Jack married Essie Stephens and returned to his previous occupation of beekeeping, this time on a property at Benowa, where the couple raised six children.

In the 1960s, land from that property was donated to the Gold Coast City Council as Rosser Park. It is now the site of the Regional Botanic Gardens on Ashmore Road, providing a lasting legacy for future generations.

Jack Rosser (seated) with his brother Stan.


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