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William Thomas HARRIS

Regimental number4435
Place of birthWestonfavell, Northamptonshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressEuroi Creek Hotel, via Bowen, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 8.25"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Harris, 13 North Street, Rushden, Northamptonshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 January 1915
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 30 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Discharge date19 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 30 March 1916; disembarked Egypt.

Embarked Alexandria, 30 May 1916; joined 26th Bn, in the field in France, 2 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916 (gun shot wound, head); admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, 5 August 1916, and transferred to Ambulance train; admitted to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 6 August 1916; transferred to England, 10 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd Birmingham General Hospital; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 21 September 1916; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 November 1916.

Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 4 April 1917.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 23 June 1917 (appendicitis); marched in to No 3 Command Depot from hospital, 5 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 17 August 1917.

On leave to England from Belgium, 17 March 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 2 April 1918.

Accidentally injured, 29 August 1918 (sprained ankle); admitted to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 September 1918; transferred to Ambulance Train, 2 September 1918, and admitted same day to 9th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, and admitted to 1st Birmingham War Hospital, Rednal, 6 September 1918. Discharged on furlough, 23 September 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 7 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919; admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 27 January 1919 (bronchitis), disembarked Port Said, 4 February 1919, and admitted to 76th Casualty Clearing Station (influenza); embarked Suez on board HT 'Lancashire', 18 February 1919; arrived Melbourne, 24 March 1919, for onward travel by boat to Brisbane; discharged, Brisbane, 19 May 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 May 1953
Place of burialIpswich Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRIS William Thomas

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