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Francis Joseph BARRY

Regimental number606
Place of birthCastlefin, Co Donegal, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMary Barry, 15 Mandeville Street, Portadown, Co Arrmagh, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters and Machine Gun Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A34 Persic on 28 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 16 May 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'At MORCHIES, FRANCE, on morning of 15th April, 1917, during the enemy attack on LAGNICOURT and LOUVERVAL, Trooper BARRY displayed conspicuous gallantry in carrying out his duties as mounted Despatch Rider attached to the Signal Service of 3rd Australian Infantry Brigade. He carried important despatches under very heavy shell fire to the Battalion in the line, most of the ground over which he had to work being in full view of the enemy. From 13th to 27th April, 1917, he continued to carry out similar duties frequently under very hazardous conditions in a conspicuously gallant and able way.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Discharge date1 April 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Persic', 28 May 1915.

Taken on strength of 13th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 3 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from HMT 'Simla', 8 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, Tel-el-Kebir, 15 January 1916 (typhoid); discharged to duty, 17 January 1916; taken on strength of 5th Divisional Cavalry, 13 March 1916.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 21 March 1916 (influenza); discharged to unit, 28 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 June 1916.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 7 July 1916 (bronchitis); transferred to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 July 1916; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 9 July 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 12 July 1916; discharged to duty, 13 July 1916; to base details, 15 July 1916; taken on strength of 1st Anzac Australian Cavalry Light Horse Regiment, 8 August 1916; awarded Military Medal, 9 July 1917; detached to Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 9 September 1917; taken on strength of base depot, 11 September 1917; allotted to 14th Bn, Rouen, 26 September 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, to reinforce 14th Bn, 26 September 1917; moved into field, 5 October 1917; taken on strength of 14th Bn, 7 October 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 18 October 1917, and transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station (multiple shrapnel wounds).

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 22 August 1917, of being absent without leave, 29 April, to 6 June 1917: sentenced to forfeit 42 days' pay.

Admitted to 55th General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 October 1917 (wound, abdominal wall). Proceeded to England for further treatment, 22 October 1917; admitted to Military Hospital, Eastbourne, 23 October 1917 (gun shot wound, right leg and neck); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 November 1917; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 28 November 1917; classified B1b, 30 November 1917; classified B1a1, 12 December 1917; found absent without leave, 18 January 1918; found an illegal absentee by court of inquiry, 10 February 1918; apprehended by Provost Corps, 3 July 1918; marched into Longbridge Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 6 August 1918; mrched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 13 August 1918; marched into Longbridge Deverill Overseas Training Brigade, 13 September 1918.

Found not guilty by District Court Martial held at Fovant, 4 September 1918, of an absent without leave charge, 18 January, to 3 July 1918: no forfeiture incurred.

Found guilty at Longbridge, 22 October 1918, of being absent without leave, 12.01 am, 18 October, to 9.45 am, 20 October 1918: fined 3 days' pay; forfeited total of 6 days' pay; marched into 12th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 25 October 1918.

Proceeded to France through Southampton, 22 November 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 23 November 1918; moved into field, 27 November 1918; rejoined unit from hospital, 2 December 1918; moved out from field, 17 January 1919; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 23 January 1919; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 24 January 1919; declared an illegal absentee, from 12.01 am, 7 March 1919, by court of inquiry held at Hurdcott, 29 March 1919.

Discharged from Australian Imperial Force in consequence of desertion, 1 April 1920, and forfeits all pay from 7 March 1919, to date of discharge.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARRY Francis Joseph

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