William JONES

Regimental number1653A
Place of birthSheffield, England
True NameHALSEY, William
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 3"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinUncle, George Halsey, 12 Hall Street, Pembleton, Manchester, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 November 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1653
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Discharge date13 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Gallipoli, 7 May 1915.

Left at Lemnos Island, did not embarked for Gallipoli, 27 October 1915; admitted to A&NZ Advanced Base from Rest Camp, 5 November 1915; discharged to rejoin Bn, 14 November 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 19 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916, of (1) being absent from Camp, 6 January; (2) not complying with an order of a Superior Officer: awarded 14 days' detention.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 30 January 1916, of insubordination: awarded 21 days' detention.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916.

Rejoined 54th Bn from detention, 25 February 1916.

Found guilty, Mt Katt, 5 May 1916, of being absent without leave from Tattoo, 26 April, until arrested by Military Police at Port Said, 27 April 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Found guilty, Canal Zone, 9 June 1916, of being absent without leave from 0500, 7 June, to 1800, 9 June 1916: awarded 8 days' Field Punishment, and forfeited 8 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 15 March 1917 (buried by HE shell); admitted to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 March 1917, and transferred same day to Ambulance Train; admitted to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 March 1917; transferred to England, 29 March 1917, and admitted to War Hospital, Reading, 30 March 1917; transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 5 May 1917; discharged on furlough, 8 May 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 May 1917.

By sworn declaration, 3 May 1917, assumed true name of 'HALSEY, William'.

Found guilty, 30 May 1917, of overstaying furlough from 6 pm, 23 May, till 5 pm, 29 May 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 7 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 28 July 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 3 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 22 November 1917.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance Divisional Rest Station, 20 March 1918 (not yet diagnosed), and transferred to 11th Casualty Clearing Station; to 62nd Casualty Clearing Station, 25 March 1918; discharged to duty (agricultural labour for one month) (diagnosis: neurasthenia).

Rejoined 54th Bn, in the field, 12 May 1918.

Found guilty, 13 June 1918, of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 8 am, 7 June, until apprehended at Bertencourt, 5 pm, 13 June 1918 (7 days): awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 13 days' pay.

Found guilty, 5 July 1918, of being absent without leave from 4 pm, 10 February, until apprehended by the Military Police, 10 am, 15 February 1918: awarded forfeiture of 14 days' pay; total forfeiture: 18 days' pay.

Transferred to 56th Bn, 11 October 1918.

On leave (no date recorded); rejoined Bn from leave, 17 November 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 28 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kashmir', 9 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 23 April 1919, to disembark Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 13 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsGeorge Halsey subsequently listed as father.
SourcesNAA: B2455, JONES William