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David HAWTHORNE

Regimental number562
Place of birthCavan, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressChilders PO, Isis, North Coast Line, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 8"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Hugh Hawthorne, 'Claudia,' Ballyjimesduff, Co Cavan, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 9 months in the Irish Guards, British Army.
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMaryborough, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1917
Discharge date22 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked from HMAT ‘Wandilla’, Suez, 7 December 1915.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 14 January 1916 (varicose veins); discharged to unit, 17 January 1916.

Embarked Suez on HMT ‘Hororata’ and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, 11 August 1918, and transferred to 1st Casualty Clearing Station (rheumatism); discharged to unit, 18 August 1916.

Taken ill in the field, 5 September 1916; admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, 6 September 1916 (ingrown toenail, varicose veins); to Hospital Train, 9 September 1916; admitted to 16th General Hospital, Wimereux, 9 September 1916; discharged to duty, 11 September 1916; marched into 5th Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 13 September 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 27 September 1916 (varicose veins);. Embarked Etaples on HS ‘Dieppe’ and proceeded to England for further treatment, 1 October 1916; admitted to East Leeds War Hospital, 1 October 1916; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 30 October 1916 (varicose veins, deafness in left ear); discharged on furlough, 8 November 1916; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 24 November 1916.

Admitted to Brigade Hospital, 15 February 1917 (bronchitis); discharged to unit, 20 February 1917. Transferred to 69th Bn, 2 April 1917; moved out to Wareham, 3 April 1917; reclassified B1A1, 5 April 1917. Transferred to 31st Bn, 10 June 1917.

Proceeded to France through Southampton, 10 June 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 11 June 1917; moved into the field, 3 July 1917.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 7 July 1917; transferred to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 July 1917 (put under observations); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 July 1917; to Ambulance Train, 22 July 1917; admitted to 1st General Hospital, Etretat, 23 July 1917 (put under observations). Embarked on board HS ‘Warilda’ and proceeded to England for further treatment, 28 July 1917; admitted to Reading War Hospital, 29 July 1917 (trench fever); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 27 September 1917; discharged on furlough, 15 October 191. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 14 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT ‘Persic’, 21 October 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 12 February 1918; discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Brisbane, 22 March 1918.

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

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