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Walter George HARRIS

Regimental number16096
Place of birthUltimo, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer and grazier
AddressBondi, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 10.5"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Annie M Harris, Savill Cafe, Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 October 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Squadron Engineers - Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 4 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Squadron Engineers, Anzac Mounted Division
FateReturned to Australia 23 August 1917
Discharge date21 December 1917
Other details

War service: embarked Adelaide, 4 November 1916; disembarked Suez, 4 December 1916. Transferred from Isolation Camp to 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, 14 December 1916.

Taken on strength, 1st Field Squadron, Anzac Mounted Division, El Arish, 16 February 1917.

Appointed Driver, 20 February 1917.

Admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, 15 April 1917 (not yet diagnosed, pyrexia); transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 16 April 1917; to Ambulance Train, 17 April 1917, and admitted same day to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish (influenza); transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 27 April 1917; to Convalescent Depot, 5 May 1917; discharged to 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 24 May 1917.

Transferred to 1st Field Squadron, Anzac Mounted Division, 27 May 1917; taken on strength, 30 May 1917.

Admitted to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 16 June 1917 (malaria); transferred to Ambulance Train, 17 June 1917, and admitted same day to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish; transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 21 June 1917; transferred to British Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Montazah, 7 July 1917. Transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 18 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HS 'Boorara', 23 August 1917; discharged, Sydney, 21 December 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRIS Walter George

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