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Regimental number1363
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolAlbert Park State School, Victoria
Other trainingPrivate Technical College, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinFather, A Horsley, 124 Park Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1241
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred and Louisa HORSLEY, 124 Park Street, St. Kilda, Victoria. Native of Ballarat, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin: [945] Lt Ralph Drummond HORSLEY, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 16 February 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915 (gun shot wound, uipper extremities); transferred from Government Hospital [location not specified] to Convalescent Camp, Mustapha, 3 June 1915.

Admitted to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 18 June 1915; transferred to Convalescent Camp, Mustapha, 21 June 1915; to Overseas Base, 13 July 1915; to A&NZ Base, Mudros, 28 August 1915; rejoined Bn, Lemnos, 18 September 1915.

Classified PB, Advance Base, Mudros, 18 October 1915, and employed as Camp Policeman.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 31 October 1915.

Rejoined 5th, Gallipoli, 14 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, 18 January 1916, of breaking camp, 18-21 January 1916: reverted to rank of Private.

Transferred to 57th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Sick to hospital, 3 April 1916; rejoined Bn same day.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 25 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1370507, 2793 Pte J.G. BLAIR, D Company, 60th Bn (patient, No 2 General Hospital (Palais), Havre), 12 April 1917: 'He was in D Co., 14th platoon. He was my corporal. He was just in front of me when we were going forward at fleurbaix and was killed by machine gun fire: death was instantaneous. I saw him distinctly killed.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HORSLEY Roy
Red Cross File No 1370507

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