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Arthur Archibald Foster HARVISON

Regimental number1602
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
OccupationLicensed victualler
AddressGrantham, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 10.25"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gretchen Doris Harvison, 9 Dalgety Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as Lieutenant, Senior Cadets, Area 10B.
Enlistment date22 June 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistment2nd Air Mechanic
Unit nameMarch 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
FateReturned to Australia 18 November 1918
Discharge date24 January 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 10 May 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 20 July 1917; marched in to Australian Flying corps Details, Farnborough, 28 July 1917.

Taken on strength, 69th Squadron, South Carlton, 13 August 1917.

Found guilty, Wendover, 28 November 1917, of insolence to a senior NCO: awarded 10 days' confined to camp.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 December 1917; taken on strength, 68th Squadron, in the field, 11 January 1918.

Detached to 1st Brigade Headquarters, Royal Flying Corps, 11 February 1918; rejoined 2nd Squadron from detachment, 26 February 1918.

Remustered as 2nd Air Mechanic, rate of pay 8/- per day, 17 May 1918.

Injured in accident, 11 July 1918 (fractured humerus, left arm: severe), and admitted to Australian Casualty Clearing station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 12, 12 July 1918, and admitted to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne; transferred to England, 19 July 1918, and admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London (fractured left arm: severe); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 2 September 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 4 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marathon', 18 November 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 January 1919; discharged (medically unfit: chronic rheumatism), Melbourne, 24 January 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 August 1956
Age at death74
Place of burialCairns Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARVISON Arthur Archibald Foster

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