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David Peter HAY

Regimental number2518
Place of birthDundee, Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoundary rider
AddressCampbell Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 3.75"
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elsie fFora Hay, 32 Denison Street, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 March 1917
Place of enlistmentBondi Junction, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 September 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 24 July 1919
Other details

War service: disembarked Suez, 19 October 1917. Taken on strength, 12th Light Horse Regiment, Belah, 9 January 1918.

Absent without leave from 0900, 8 March 1918, until reported to hospital, Kantara, 13 March 1918: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 6 days' pay. Admitted to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 13 March 1918; transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 16 March 1918 (gastritis); discharged to Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Port Said, 4 April 1918; rejoined 12th Light Horse Regiment, 25 April 1918.

Admitted to 26th Casualty Clearing Station, 24-25 June 1918; transferred to 67th General Hospital, 26 June 1918 (bronchitis); to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 25 July 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 27 July 1918; to Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, 3 August 1918; discharged to 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 1 October 1918.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 16 October 1918; discharged to Rest Camp, 2 November 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 15 days.

Admitted to 21st General Hospital, Alexandria, 31 December 1918 (fractured ribs); transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 2 January 1919; discharged to Cairo on leave, 21 January 1919.

Tried to Field General Court Martial, 10-11 February 1919. Charges: (1) Committing a civil offence that is to say embezzlement in that he at on or about the 17th day of November 1918, when as orderly at the Officers Mess, Desert Mounted Corps Reinforcement Camp, he had received the sum of twelve shillings and elev pence from Captain R.B. Fargher, 5th L.H. Regiment, on behalf of the caterer of the said Officers Mess, fraudulently embezzled the said sum of money. (2) Committing a civil offence, that is to say, embezzlement in that he at Port Said on or about the 29th day of November 1918, when as orderly at the Officers Mess Desert Mtd Corps Reinforcement Camp, he had received the sum of twelve shillings and ninepence from 2nd Lieut A. Worth D.L.I. on behalf of the caterer of the said Officers Mess, fraudulently embezzled the said sum of money. (3) Alternative to 1st charge. Neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he at Port Said on or about the 17th day of November 1918 received the sum of twelve shillings and eleven pence on behalf of the caterer of the Desert Mtd Corps Reinforcments Camp Officers Mess, neglected to account for the said sum of money. (4) Alternative to 2nd charge.Neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he at Port Said on or about the 29th day of November 1918 received the sum of twelve shillings and ninepence on behalf of the caterer of the Desert Mtd Corps Reinforcments Camp Officers Mess, neglected to account for the said sum of money. (5) Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, in that he at Port Said on the 24th day of January 1919, was weraring one red and four blue chevrons and the ribbon of the 1914-15 war medal whereas he well knew, [he was] only entitled to wear two blue chevrons. Found guilty to 1st, 2nd and 5th charges; not guilty to alternative charges. Awarded imprisonment with hard labour for five months. Conviction on 5th charge quashed

Marched into Field Punishmnent Compound, 10 February 1919; transferred to Gabbari Military Prison, 28 March 1919;

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Dongala', 24 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 28 August 1919; discharged, Sydney, .

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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