John Ould was born in Radford, Nottingham in 1896. In 1911, age 15, he was working as a printer and living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe with his mother Catherine and his siblings.
When he was 17 he emigrated to Australia leaving Tilbury, London on 29th July 1913 on the Port Lincoln bound for Melbourne.
John enlisted in the Australian Infantry Force, embarking from Melbourne on 9th November 1915, and attained the rank of Sergeant in the 24th Battalion. He died of wounds on 8th August 1916 received at the Battle of Pozières, the Somme, France three days previously. He died three days before his 21st birthday.
John’s death was certified by A.I.F. Headquarters on 13th Aug 1916.
The following information is from the Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files, Australian War Museum website: http://www.awm.gov.au/ :