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Michael James HARBOURNE

Regimental number2410
Place of birthBaltinglass, Co Wicklow, Ireland
SchoolBaltinglass School and private tutor, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia16
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressWindermere PO, Windermere, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 3.75"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Michael James Harbourne, Bridge Hotel, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 September 1916
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 10 September 1918
Place of death or woundingPeronne, France
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialCerisy-Gailly French National Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
131
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael and Elizabeth HARBOURNE, The Bridge Hotel, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Family/military connectionsHe also had cousins in Australia who were also killed in the war. Don't know their proper address. (Details from Mother)
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Port Lincoln', 20 October 1916; transferred to HMAT 'Borda', Sierra Leone, 2 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched into 10th Training Bn, 10 January 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 23 January 1917; discharged to 10th Training Bn, 4 April 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 72 days).

Found guilty at Durrington, 25 June 1917, of (1) conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that when he was told be a non-commissioned officer to be careful of what he was doing he made use of obscene language, and (2) conduct to the prejudice of good order an military discipline in that when told to double to his clothes he said that he would sooner do clink first, 25 June 1917: awarded 8 days' Field Punishment No 2. Proceeded to France through Southampton, 10 September 1917; marched into 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 11 September 1917; moved into the field, 19 September 1917; taken on strength of 39th Bn, 22 September 1917.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 19 December 1917 (defective vision); transferred to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 December 1917; discharged to duty, 26 December 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 27 December 1917; proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 22 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 8 February 1918.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 March 1918; transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Wisques, 22 March 1918 (tonsilitis); discharged to duty, 8 April 1918; rejoined unit from hospital, 13 April 1918.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 April 1918 (pyrexia); discharged to duty, 15 April 1918; rejoined unit from hospital, 16 April 1918.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 June 1918 (pyrexia); admitted to 47th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 June 1918; discharged to duty, 28 June 1918; rejoined unit from hospital, 29 June 1918.

Killed in action, 10 September 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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