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Harold Richmond ISMAY

Regimental number2598
Place of birthMarrickville, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSignwriter
AddressSt Hilliers Road, Auburn, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Dorothy Ismay, St Hilliers Road, Auburn, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Field Artillery, Citizen Military Forces; resigned to enlist in AIF.
Enlistment date19 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Discharge date9 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 18 October 1915; joined 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 4 November 1918.

Disembarked Alexandria, 1 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 13 March 1916 (gonorrhoea), and transferred same day to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, and then to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Ismailia; to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 18 March 1916; discharged to duty, 8 April 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 29 days.

Discharged to No 1 Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, from Quarantine Hospital, 22 April 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital, 11 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed); transferredto No 3 General Hospital, Abbassia, 13 May 1916 (influenza); to Convalescent Depot, Montazah, 15 May 1916; discharged to duty, 5 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left arm); admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916; transferred to 35th General Hospital, Calais, 21 July 1916; transferred to England, 24 July 1916, and admitted to Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, 25 July 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 7 August 1916; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 9 August 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fargo, 30 August 1916.

Marched in to 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 30 November 1916.

Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, Hurdcott, 14 December 1916, of being absent without leave from 6 am, 10 October, until apprehended at Sheffield, 10.30 am, 26 November 1916: awarded 60 days' detention and forfeiture of 48 days' pay; total forfeiture: 125 days' pay. Unexpired portion of sentence (18 days) remitted as from 24 January 1917.

Found guilty, 6 June 1917, of breaking from VD Compound: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 14 days' pay.

Poceeded overseas to France, 23 July 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 11 August 1917.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 15 September 1917 (gonorrhoea), and transferred same day to 10th Stationary Hospital; to 39th General Hospital, St Omer, 16 September 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 3 November 1917; marched out to unit, 10 November 1917; rejoined unit, 12 November 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 15 November 1917 (synovitis, left knee), and transferred same day to 54th General Hospital; to England, 22 November 1917, and admitted same day to Norfolk General Hospital; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 10 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 9 February 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 23 February 1918.

Absent without leave, London, 23 February 1918; apprehended, 2 March 1918.

Found guilty, 3 March 1918, of being absent without leave from 11 am, 23 February, till 7.45 am, 2 March 1918: awarded forfeiture of 28 days' pay; total forfeiture: 36 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 4 March 1918; discharged, 1 April 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 29 days.

Charged with being absent without leave from 10 pm, 21 May, till 11.30 am, 22 May 1918: charge dismissed.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 13 June 1918.

On Command, 5th Division Signal School, 24 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 October 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 16 October 1918.

Detached to 14th Brigade Infantry School, 20 October 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 17 November 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 10 January 1919; marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 18 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kildonian Castle', 21 March 1919; discharged, Sydney, 9 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Harold Richmind ISMAY.
Date of death30 November 1966
Place of burialWoronora Crematorium
SourcesNAA: B2455, ISMAY Harold Richmond

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