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Regimental number4568
Place of birthDrogheda, Co Louth, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address27 Scarlett Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, B Hanratty, Traeford Road, Salford, Manchester, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 August 1917
Discharge date22 November 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Nestor', 9 April 1916. Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Megantic', 29 May 1916.

Admitted to hospital at sea, 4 June 1916; discharged from hospital, 7 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 7 June 1916.

Found guilty at Perham Downs, 9 June 1916, of (1) using obscene language towards a non-commissioned officer, and (2) refusing to obey an order from a non-commissioned officer, 8 June 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 7 days' pay. Found guilty, 15 July 1916, of (1) being drunk in camp, and (2) being absent without leave from parade: admonished by superior officer; forfeited total of 1 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Hospital, Bulford, 28 July 1916 (venereal disease); transferred to Military Hospital, Fovant, 18 August 1916; discharged to duty, 18 September 1916 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 53 days); taken on strength of Australian Machine Gun Training Depot, Belton Park, 20 September 1916. Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS 'Princess Henrietta', 13 December 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 14 December 1916; taken on strength of 19th Bn, 18 December 1916.

Admitted to hospital, 13 January 1917; admitted to 1/1 Casualty Clearing Station, 3 February 1917 (paralysis, left side); to Ambulance Train, 4 February 1917; admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 5 February 1917. Embarked Havre on HS 'Lanfranc' and proceeded to England for further treatment, 6 February 1917; admitted to 2nd Birmingham War Hospital, Northfield, 17 February 1917 (psorisis, right arm); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 11 April 1917.

Found guilty at Dartford, 24 May 1917, of being absent without leave, 10.00 pm, 22 May, to 11.00 pm, 23 May 1917: awarded 2 days' confinement to barracks; forfeited total of 2 days' pay; discharged on furlough, 4 June 1917. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 June 1917; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Codford, 9 July 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia for home service on board NZHT 'Pakeha', 27 August 1917. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Sydney, 22 November 1917 (varicose veins; paresis, right side).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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