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Augustine John HARRIS

Regimental number1202
Place of birthEchuca, Victoria
SchoolSt Mary's Primary School, Echuca, Victoria
Age on arrival in Australia23.6
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressRailway Reserve, Echuca, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harris, Railway Reserve, Echuca, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Echuca Rangers,
Enlistment date12 November 1914
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 28 September 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was Band Master of the 14th Battalion Band Overseas and was with the 14th Battalion Military Band on leaving Gallipoli.' (Details from Mother)
FateDied of wounds 12 April 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death23.6
Place of burialBapaaume Australian Cemetery (Pl==Row B, Grave No. 15), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael and Mary HARRIS, Railway Reserve, Echuca, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Granted temporary rank of Sergeant, 1 July 1915; temporary rank confirmed, 12 September 1915.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros West, 24 September 1915 (pyrexia, unknow origin)l discharged to duty, 2 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 1 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 12916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Joined Balliol College, Oxford, for training for appointment to a commission in the AIF, 5 September 1916.

Appointed 2nd Lt, 28 October 1916.

Taken on strength, 14th Bn, in the field, 22 December 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 December 1916 (gonorrhoea and orchitis); transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 28 December 1916; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 29 December 1916; discharged to duty, 14 February 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 55 days; rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 11 April 1917 (shell wound, chest: penetrating); admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 12 April 1917.

Died of wounds, 12 April 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRIS Augustine John

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