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William Richard HUGHES

Regimental number777
Date of birth24 February 1900
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
True NameHUGHES, George Edwin
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCigarmaker
Address283 Nelson Street, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, Stephen Hughes, 283 Nelson Street, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps Working Party
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Discharge date31 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 3 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 July 1916.

Transferred to 55th Bn.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 September 1916; taken on strength, 55th Bn, in the field, 7 October 1916.

Wounded in action, 31 January 1917 (shell shock, bruised leg), and admitted to 15th Field Ambulance; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 1 February 1917.

Found guilty, 1 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 10 am, 15 May, until apprehended at 8.45 am, 21 May 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeiture of 7 days' pay; total forfeiture: 35 days' pay.

Declared by Statutory Declaration, Warloy, France, 1 July 1917, that his true name was George Edwin HUGHES.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 28 June 1917, on charge of when in confinement, escaping; pleaded Guilty; found GUILTY: awarded 90 days' Field Punishment No 1, and forfeiture of a total of 113 days' pay; sentence to be concurrent with that imposed on 1 June 1917.

Rejoined 55th Bn, in the field, 25 July 1917.

Found guilty, 17 October 1917, of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 5 pm, 23 September, to 5 pm, 27 September 1917: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 26 days' pay.

Marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 17 October 1917 (underage).

Transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 28 January 1918 (underage).

Found guilty, 17 May 1918, of drunkenness while on Active Service: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Accidentally injured, 5 June 1918; did not evacuate to hospital.

Marched out to Australian Corps Working Party, 19 June 1918.

Found guilty, 4 August 1918, of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 24 June until apprehended by Military Police at 1.35 pm, 26 June 1918: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 10 days' pay.

Found guilty, 16 November 1918, of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 8.30 am, 13 November, until apprehended by Military Police, 10 am, 16 November 1918: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 1, and forfeited 21 days' pay.

Found guilty, 7 December 1918, of (1) being drunk in Havre on 6 December; (2) when in confinement, escaping at 1330: awarded 28 days' forfeiture of pay.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 9 December 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Berrima', 2 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 February 1919, for onward travel by boat to Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 31 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsTrue age at enlistment: 16
Date of death26 March 1975
Age at death75
SourcesNAA: B2455, HUGHES William Richard

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