|John James Sutton|
|MILITARY SERIAL NO.||6417|
|ENLISTED||Forbes 28 July 1916|
|DISCHARGED||Sydney 27 December 1919Note: Married Sarah Ann Farrell in England 31 May 1919|
John Sutton’s block was in the County of Ashburnham, Parish of Wise, Forbes Land District. The block was a Homestead Farm No. 1919/6 consisting of 891 acres. The property, called Homeland was located near Eugowra, on the Parkes Road.
On 8 May 1921, a storekeeper in Eugowra, Charles Sloane complained that there was an overdue amount of £32.10.0 due to him for the construction of a building ‘some months back and as I have a large family to keep I cannot wait any longer’. In January 1923, Sutton wrote to the Director of SS stating he was having a fairly rough time and could not meet his interest repayments. ‘This is my third year … All the wheat I have had for sale during that time is three hundred bags and I have to do all the work myself’.
In March 1924, when an inspection was carried out on his property, Sutton was judged to be a satisfactory settler, ‘a decent hardworking practical man who has been doing his best to get on. So far has had very little chance as his farm was all green country’.
Sutton applied to transfer his block to Edward Augustus Toohey which the Soldier Settlement Branch did not object to. The Soldier Settlement Branch held a second mortgage over the property and the Commissioners of the Government Savings Bank were the 1st mortgagees. Sutton repaid his advance in full on 10 March 1925.
 SRNSW: Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers Loan Files; [12/6944 No. 3569] John James Sutton, Plan of Portion 13 August 1931.
 Ibid, Charles Sloan to Repatriation Department 8 May 1921.
 Ibid, J. J. Sutton to the Director of SS 6 January 1923.
 Ibid, CP Inspector T.S. Heet, 7 March 1924.
 Ibid, Department of Lands Memorandum January 1925.
 Ibid, Under Secretary to the District Surveyor Forbes 23 March 1925.
Sources used to compile this entry:
State Records NSW: Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/6944 No. 3569] John James Sutton.
National Archives of Australia: B2455, First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers (John James Sutton) online: http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8096321