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Regimental number102
Place of birthKybunga, South Australia
AddressClare, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height6' 5.25"
Weight196 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harriett Haines, Clare, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Discharge date14 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 3 August 1916 (sprained ankle), and transferred same day to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 35th General Hospital, Calais, 10 August 1916; to 5th Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 15 August 1916; to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 17 September 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 October 1916.

Wounded in action, 6 November 1916 (multiple gun shot wounds, left ear, left shoulder, right foot), and admitted to 15th Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; to 4th General Hospital, Camiers, 18 November 1916; to England, 20 November 1916, and admitted same day to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth; discharged on furlough, 13 March 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 28 March 1917.

Transferred to 70th Bn, Wareham, 2 April 1917.

Found guilty, 14 May 1917, of being absent without leave from 9.30 am, 6 May, till 3 pm, 12 May 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 15 days' pay.

Transferred to 32nd Bn on marching out to 69th Draft Bn, 19 September 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford,, 12 October 1917; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 6 November 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 26 days.

Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 20 November 1917.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 14 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 January 1918; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 15 January 1918.

Wounded (self inflicted, without negligence), 7 February 1918 (gun shot wound, right hand), admitted to 14th Australian field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 4th Army Special Hospital, 7 February 1918.

Report stated: 'This man's rifle was standing against the parapet. He picked it up, holding it by the bayonet, and whilst raising it the rifle fired and the shot went through his hand. The safety catch was not back'. CO stated the man was in the performance of his military duty, and that carelessness was to blame.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 18 February 1918: acquitted.

Transferred to Ambulance Train No 17, 4 March 1917, and admitted to 4th General Hospital, 5 March 1918.

Medical Board, 4th General Hospital, determined, 18 April 1918, 'that he is fit for duty on Lines of Communication & to be classified "B"'.

Marched in to Australian Base Depot, Havre, 5 May 1918; employed at Base Depot, 3 September 1918.

Rejoined Bn, in the field, 21 October 1918.

On leave to England, 8 December 1918; rejoined Bn, 16 December 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 21 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Cardiff on board HT 'Port Macquarie', 28 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 21 May 1919; discharged, 14 July 1919.

War service: 3 years 360 days (of which 3 years 185 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Haines applied for a copy of his medical history, 29 October 1936, 'as I would very much like to examine it' ('I am not drawing a pension, [n]or am I likely to apply for one.' Base Records rejected his request, 5 November 1936, saying that 'all records held at this office of ex-members of the Australian Imperial Force are strictly confidential'.
Date of death27 October 1945
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAINES Cyril

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