Captain John Guy
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Officer) John Guy Fitzmaurice
Headquarters, 15th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force
Born 26th March 1870 at Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland
Educated: University of Dublin Medical School
Married; Doctor, of Bundaberg, Queensland
Next of Kin listed as: Wife; Ida Tassie Luther (nee Mowbray), of Bundaberg,
Queensland / (later) 'Ardpatrick', Southport, Queensland
Photos of Captain Luther are known to exist in the following locations:
Group photo Chataway, facing p18 & facing p146. Sydney Mail
22 Sep 1915 p28. The Queenslander 2 Oct 1915 p26
25th August 1915
at 4th Field Ambulance, northern Anzac sector
15th Battalion, AIF
No. 2 Outpost cemetery
Their Glory Shall Not
Be Blotted Out
Wife's name in birth register 'MOWHAY'; (but brother: Thomas Aubrey Montague MOWBRAY
b. 31 Jan 1874).
Previously served in Australian Army Medical Corps as Captain: Regimental Medical
Officer; (Army Journal No 270).
Medical School, 1888; L.R.C.P. & S.I.; Captain, Australian A.M.C.; killed,
Dardanelles, Sept. 1915. (University of Dublin War List p122).
Was assistant physician, Goodna Asylum, Queensland. Moved to Bundaberg '18 years
ago.' Shortly after he married the eldest daughter of the late Mr Thomas Mowbray,
M.P., of Brisbane. Leaves a widow and four children - Jean [Jean Alice Kathleen],
14; Pat [Guy Mowbray], 12; Betty [Ida Betty], 8; and Teddy [Edward Fitzmaurice],
2. (Brisbane Courier 3 Sept 1915 p7).
Shot in the head by a sniper, at Hill 60; died one hour later without regaining
'It was during this period that the death of our popular medical officer, Captain
Guy Fitzmaurice Luther, took place. Luther had been attending to several casualties
caused by snipers firing on a certain point in the communication line. He was
wearing around his neck a large red bandana handkerchief. An officer and some
men came to Luther's dressing station on their way up to the front line. To show
them the dangerous sector in the communication line, Luther accompanied them,
and at the spot where so many casualties had occurred, a sniper's bullet struck
him in the head. The cry for stretcher-bearers was answered with alacrity and
when it was known that the Doc. was the casualty, in the shortest time possible,
four other doctors arrived upon the scene. Dr. MacDonald of the 16th Battalion,
who throughout the campaign had been a close friend of Luther, examined the wounded
man, and the expression upon his face when he rose to his feet dispelled all hopes
for the Doc's. recovery. Luther's own stretcher-bearers bore him gently to the
beach where he passed away about an hour later without regaining consciousness.
Part of a letter from Dr. J.P. Kenny, 4th Field Ambulance:
'Captain Luther, of the 15th Battalion, was shot two days ago by a sniper. He
was the most daring and fearless of all the medical officers, and did wonderful
work. Shot through the head. His bravery and energy were a matter of common talk
everywhere.' (Perth Sunday Times 14 Nov 1915 p14).
Captain Luther's identity disc was found at No. 2 outpost and handed to Australian
Headquarters, Egypt, early in 1916, by Captain Bigwither, NZEF.
A letter from Private Hickey, 15th Battalion reads, in part:
'I would like to mention another good man of our battalion, Captain J.F.G. Luther,
medical officer. He would go out and bring in wounded men from anywhere, no matter
what the enemy's fire was like. Of course he was hit at last. He was shot in the
head while out looking for wounded and killed.' (Melbourne Herald 18 Dec 1915
Admitted 25th August 1915. Died 25th August 1915, from effects of bullet wound
to skull. (Report of 4th Field Ambulance)
'The 15th Battalion A.I.F. also lost their R.M.O., Captain Luther, A.M.C., killed
in action; a very valued officer.' (Carbery p105).
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