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Regimental number5156
Place of birthKelty, Fifeshire, Scotland
Place of birthKelty, Scotland
SchoolPrivate School, Kelty, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia19
AddressDunn Street, Wonthaggi, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinDavid Barclay, Dunn Street, Wonthaggi, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 October 1914
Place of enlistmentWonthaggi, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameLight Horse Brigade Train 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/100/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Company, Australian Army Service Corps
FateDied of disease 27 January 1919
Date of death27 January 1919
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialMelcombe Regis Cemetery (Plot II, Row C, Grave No. 3057), Dorset
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Elizabeth Barclay, Browne Crescent, Wonthaggi, Victoria. Born at Kelty, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Mena, 16 April 1915 (frisunculosis).

Admitted to A&NZ Hospital, Helouan, 20 November 1915 (bronchitis); discharged to Overseas Base, Heliopolis, 3 December 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Serapeum, 23 March 1916 (boils); transferred to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, 25 March 1916; to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 25 March 1916; to Details Camp, Tel el Kebir, 17 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, Havre, 28 August 1916: pleaded guilty to a charge of when on Active Service disobeying a lawful command given by his superior Officer, in that he on 23.8.16 did not fall in for escort duty when ordered to do so: awarded 42 days' Field Punishment No 1, and forfeited 47 days' pay.

Taken on strength, 4th Division Train, in the field, 7 December 1916.

Admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, 18 December 1916 (bronchitis); transferred to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 December 1916 (bronchial pneumonia); to England, 28 December 1916, and admitted to Guildford War Hospital, 29 December 1916. Discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 18 January 1917. Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 16 March 1917 (not yet diagnosed); marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, from Fovant, 9 April 1917. Marched out to Draft Depot, Perham Downs, 1 June 1917; marched in to Army Service Corps Training Depot, Parkhouse, 4 June 1917.

Admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, 24 October 1917 (carbuncle); discharged to Training Depot, Parkhouse, 13 November 1917.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, 8 January 1918 (abscess in neck, carbuncle); discharged to Training Depot, 15 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 November 1918; rejoined 14th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, in the field, 3 December 1918.

Detached to Base Depot for return to Australia, 16 January 1919; marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 25 January 1919.

Admitted to Burdon Military Hospital, Weymouth, 25 January 1919 (pneumonia).

Died of disease (pneumonia), 27 January 1919.

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

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