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Regimental number10384
Place of birthYorkshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFruit grower
AddressWentworth, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs J Ainley, Wentworth, New South Wales
Previous military serviceActing Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: Artillery
Promotion date: 6 January 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

For consistent good service and attention to duty as telephonist repairing broken lines under heavy shell fire. (Pozieres).

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Promoted Bombardier, 22 August 1916; Corporal, 27 January 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 29 December 1917; Sergeant, 29 March 1918.

Mentioned 'for good and gallant conduct in connection with the recent hard fighting around Pozieres': 2nd Division Routine Orders, 26 August 1916.

Detached to Cadet School, England, 21 September 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 2 January 1919 (gonorrhoea contracted in Brighton 'from an amateur'); discharged, 3 March 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 61 days.

Commissioned 2nd Lt, 6 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Transferred to Reserve of Officers, 1 January 1920. Re-appointed, Reserve of Officers (Artillery), 11 October 1939. Transferred, Reserve of Officers, 3rd Military District, 1 February 1940; Retired List, 30 June 1942.

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