To commemorate 100 years since the Armistice, we would like to introduce you to 100 members of Caulfield RSL over the next 100 days
John Victor Hugo De Ravin
With such a French sounding name one would possibly think that young Jack was French, he was however born into a prominent Bendigo family that was, even then 2and 3generation Australian, with his Grandfather’s birth place given as the West Indies.
He gave his occupation as Medical Student, when he enlisted and his age as 18yrs and 9 months, he was studying at Melbourne University.
He enlisted into the Medical Corps on the 10 May 1915 and was sent to England and posted to an AIF clearing hospital. It appears that he did not really have his parents permission to enlist and 8 months later he was returned to Australia where he completed his studies, and graduated as a doctor in 1920.
He lived for a time in Kooyong Rd opposite the Hospital where he worked and became a member at Caulfield RSL.