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Rupert Walter GRANT

Regimental number5098
Place of birthWick, Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGrocer
AddressArarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 11.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr W Grant, Barkley Street East, Ararat, Victoria; Mother: Isabella Grant, Argyle, South Heathcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Discharge date7 January 1921
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 1 April 1916; disembarked Suez, 7 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 31 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 12 June 1916.

Found guilty, 10 July 1916, of neglect of duty: severely reprimanded.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 August 1916.

Promoted Acting Corporal, to draw extra duty pay, 1 September 1916.

Joined 6th Bn, in the field, and reverted to Private, 15 September 1916.

Found guilty, 2 October 1916, of being absent from Tattoo Roll Call until 2115, 28 September: awarded 24 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Sick to hospital, 20 December 1916; transferred to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 December 1916 (septic feet); to Ambulance Train No 17, 24 December 1916, and admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen (infected right heel); to 2nd Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 30 December 1916; discharged to Base Details, 16 January 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 9 February 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 15 March 1917; promoted Corporal, 17 October 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 25 November 1917; reverted to Corporal, 11 January 1918; appointed Lance Sergeant, 11 January 1918.

Wounded in action, 10 July 1918 (gun shot wound, right thigh), and admitted to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 63, 11 July 1918; to England, 19 July 1918, and admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London (wound: severe). Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 16 August 1918. Discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 19 August 1918.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Hurdcott, 21 August 1918 (old wound); marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, from hospital, 12 September 1918.

Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, and classified B.1A2, 10 October 1918.

Found guilty, 13 December 1918, of allowing a person committed to his charge to escape: reprimanded (reasonable excuse).

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny, 18 March 1919 (influenza); reported dangerously ill, 24 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karoola', 6 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 24 June 1919; discharged (medically unfit: broncho-pneumonia, pneumothorax), Melbourne, 7 January 1921.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRANT Rupert Walter

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