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Christopher HAROLD

Regimental number2027
Place of birthNavan, Meath, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Harold, 57 Portland Street, Halifax, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date11 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1934 Pte Thomas Francis HAROLD, 25th Bn, killed in action, 9 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Brisbane on HMAT 'Kyarra', 16 August 1915.

Taken on strength of 25th Bn, Gallipoli, 12 October 1915; disembarked from HMT 'Hororata', Alexandria, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916; proceeded on leave to England, 15 December 1916.

Found guilty in London, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 29 December 1916, until apprehended at 2.30 pm, 3 January 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2; marched into Base Depot, France, 17 January 1917; moved into the field, 18 January 1917; rejoined unit under escort, 18 January 1917; appointed Lance Corporal to complete establishment, 23 June 1917; rank reverts to Private, 24 July 1917.

Found guilty of being absent from tattoo, 2 August 1917: awarded fine of 17 days' pay; proceeded on leave to England, 4 January 1918.

Found guilty by Disctrict Court Martial, 16 May 1918, of being absent without leave, 7.30 am, 26 January 1918, until apprehended at Halifax, 7 May 1918: sentenced to 180 days' detention; forfeited total of 290 days' pay; admitted to Lewes Detention Barracks, 20 May 1918; discharged from detention to Longbridge Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 29 July 1918. Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 3 September 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, 5 August 1918; moved into the field, 7 August 1918; rejoined unit from detention, 10 August 1918. Transferred to 26th Bn, 12 October 1918; moved into from the field, 24 January 1919; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, 27 January 1919. Proceeded to England, 29 January 1919; disembarked Weymouth, 30 January 1919, and marched into 3rd Training Brigade, Hurdcott.

Admitted to No 2 Group Clearing Hospital, Hurdcott, 31 January 1919; transferred to Military Hospital, Fovant, 1 February 1919 (influenza; bronchial pneumonia); to 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny, 21 February 1919; discharged to 3rd Training Brigade, Hurdcott, 23 February 1919.

Found guilty at Hurdcott, 14 March 1919, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 11 March, to 10.00 pm, 12 March 1919: admonished by superior officer; forfeited total of 1 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Trasos Montes', 8 April 1919; disembarked Brisbane, 27 May 1919. Discharged Brisbane, 11 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 January 1979

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