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Arthur BATT

Regimental number973
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeaman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 9"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMrs F Batt, Dublin, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the 4th Bn, Dublin Fusiliers.
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSouth Melbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 March 1918
Discharge date31 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria on 'Novian' and proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, Gallipoli Peninsula, 23 August 1915 (otitis media); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 23 August 1915; discharged to 5th Bn, 26 August 1915; to be promoted to Lance Corporal, Anzac Cove, 29 November 1915; reverted to rank of Private at own request, Lemnos, 14 December 1915; disembarked Alexandria from HMT 'Empress of Britain', 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Briton' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 March 1916.

Found guilty, 3 July 1916, of disobeying a lawful command from a superior officer: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 31 July 1916; admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 1 August 1916 (debility). Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 12 August 1916 (scabies); transferred to Anzac Rest Station, 16 August 1916. Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 20 March 1916; to Anzac Rest Station, 31 August 1916; discharged to unit, 7 September 1916.

Sick to hospital, 24 February 1917; admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 28 February 1917 (tape worms); discharged to unit, 28 February 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 22 April 1917 (dilated action heart); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 23 April 1917; to 8th Field Ambulance, 7 May 1917; discharged to unit, 10 May 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 7 November 1917, and transferred to 1st Australian Divisional Rest Station (nervous exhaustion); to Reinforcements Camp, 11 November 1917; discharged to unit, 12 November 1917. To return to Australia for special duties, 1 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Dunuegon Castle, 13 March 1918; embarked Cape Town on HT 'Tofua', 21 May 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 14 June 1918. Discharged as being medically unfit for service, Melbourne, 31 August 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BATT Arthur

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