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George Harold HARRISON

Regimental number5897
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCook
AddressEccles, Manchester, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 9.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs E F Pitfield, Eccles, Manchester, England
Previous military serviceServed for 3 months in the 5th Lancers.
Enlistment date15 March 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameLight Horse Brigade Train 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/102/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 26 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll8876
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Company, Australian Army Service Corps
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Discharge date6 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide on HMAT 'Afric', 26 May 1915; taken on strength of 4th Australian Army Service Corps, 27 December 1915. Transferred to 4th Australian Divisional Train, Zeitoun, 7 March 1916; taken on strength of 26th Company, Heliopolis, 7 March 1916; temporarily attached to 14th Company, Serapeum, 12 May 1916.

Found guilty in Cairo, 26 May 1916, of drunkenness: awarded fine of 10/- in pay. Transferred to Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, 27 May 1916.

Found guilty at Parkhouse, 17 June 1916, of talking on parade: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2. Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS 'Princess Victoria', 25 July 1916; disembarked Boulogne, 25 July 1916; marched into 1st Australian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples, 26 July 1916; taken on strength of 1st Australian Army Service Corps, 3 September 1916; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 21 September 1916; moved out to 1st Australian General Base Depot, 23 September 1916; marched into Australian Horse Transportation Depot, Havre, 3 October 1916.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 23 October 1916, of drunkenness whilst on active service, 19 October 1916: sentenced to 42 days' Field Punishment No 1; moved into 6th Detention Camp, Granville, 29 October 1916; marched into Horse Transportation Depot, Havre, 3 December 1916; moved into the field, 12 January 1917; attached to 1st Anzac Entrenchment Bn, 15 January 1917; taken on strength of 2nd ASC Company, 7 February 1917; detached to 1st Anzac Entrenchment Bn, 10 February 1917; taken on strength of 18th ASC Company, 6 March 1917.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 1 April 1917; transferred to 5th Divisional Receiving Station, 2 April 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 11 April 1917.

Found guilty in the field, 22 April 1917, of failing to carry out an order given by a non-commissioned officer, 21 April 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2; proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 3 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 16 March 1917. Transferred to 10th ASC Company and taken on strength, 15 October 1917; proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 12 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 4 April 1918; moved in from the field, 28 December 1918; granted leave, 31 December 1918; passed through 'A' Branch, 13 January 1919; marched into Headquarters, 14 January 1919; marched into RBAA, Heytesbury, 15 January 1919; marched into 1st Training Brigade, 19 February 1919.

Embarked Devonport on board HT 'Kildonian Castle' and commenced return to Australia, 21 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 7 May 1919. Discharged Melbourne, 6 July 1919.

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

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