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William James HARPER

Regimental number167
Place of birthDoagh, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Mrs Chapman, 45 Day Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Harper, Doagh via Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 September 1914
Place of enlistmentRosehill, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Company
FateReturned to Australia 25 August 1917
Discharge date26 April 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to hospital, Gallipoli, 5 July 1915. Disembarked from HS 'Clan MacGillivray', Malta, 13 July 1915; admitted to St. Andrew Hospital, Malta, 14 July 1915 (dental complications); discharged from hospital, Malta, 31 July 1915. Embarked on oard HE 'Ascanius' and proceeded to England for further treatment, 28 August 1915; admitted to Bethnal Green Military Hospital, 11 September 1915.

Rejoined 13th Bn, Ismailia, 15 January 1916. Transferred to 4th Machine Gun Company, Tel-el-Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Canada' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 11 August 1916 (shrapnel wound, left side); admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 13 August 1916. Proceeded to England for further treatment, 25 August 1916; admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, 26 August 1916; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, 24 October 1916; granted furlough, 26 October 1916. Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 11 November 1916 (classified B1.A); marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 13 November 1916; marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 April 1917.

Commenced return to Australia for change, 25 August 1917. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Sydney, 26 April 1918 (wounds).

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

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