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James GREER

Regimental number2312
Place of birthBrickland, Co Down, Ireland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5.75"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Greer, Leganany, Co Down, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 February 1917
Place of enlistmentParkes, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date24 February 1920
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2308 Pte Thomas GREER, 4th Machine Gun Squadron, returned to Australia, 26 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Port Sydney', 9 May 1917; disembarked Suez, 20 June 1917, and marched into Isolation Camp, Moascar; taken on strength of 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, 26 July 1917; detached to Railway Construction Unit, 25 August 1917; allotted to 116th Company Royal Engineers, Esdud, 23 December 1917.

Admitted to Scottish Highlanders Field Ambulance, Ismailia, 6 January 1918 (tonsilitis); discharged to duty, 18 January 1918; taken ill whilst on active service, Port Said, 31 January 1918; admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, 8 February 1918 (pyrexia); discharged to rest camp, 26 February 1918; rejoined 4th Training Regiment, Moascar, 13 March 1918; detached to Railway Construction Unit, Moascar, 21 March 1918; allotted to 116th Company Royal Engineers, 22 March 1918.

Taken ill on the lines, Sheria, 29 June 1918; admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 8 July 1918 (tonsilitis); transferred to rest camp, Port Said, 7 October 1918; discharged to 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 24 October 1918; moved out from Moascar, 15 December 1918; taken on strength of 12th Light Horse Regiment, 18 December 1918.

Found guilty in the field, 3 January 1919, of (1) being in Zgarta without a pass, and (2) being improperly dressed, 1 January 1919: awarded fine of 14 days' pay. Granted two months' extended leave to the United Kingdom, 29 June 1919; marched into Australian Base Depot to commence leave, 29 June 1919.

Embarked Port Said on HMT 'Jaques' and proceeded on leave, 9 July 1919.

Found guilty in London, 16 October 1919, of being absent without leave, 10.00 am, 1 October, to 10.00 am, 16 October 1919: awarded a fine of 15 days' pay; forfeited total of 30 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Nestor', 1 November 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 15 December 1919. Discharged Sydney, 24 February 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 December 1965
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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