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William KING

Regimental number1373
Place of birthMaffra, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
AddressMiss Gladys King, 64 Camberwell Road, Upper Hawthorn, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29.9
Height5' 7"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah King, 43 Vale Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Discharge date1 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 1 May 1916 (tonsillitis); discharged, 3 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 10 July 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 17 July 1916; marched into Base Depot, Etaples, 20 July 1916.

Found guilty, 15 August 1916, of being absent without leave from 1130, 14 August, until apprehended by Military Police in Boulogne at 2140, 14 August 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.

Taken on strength, 2nd Anzac Light Horse, 20 August 1916.

Found guilty, 10 December 1916, of when on Active Service disobedience of A.R.O. 343 of 15-4-16, in that he galloped a horse on the pave at 7.58 pm on 10-12-16: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Deatched for duty for New Zealand Division, 16 April 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 22 April 1917.

Detached for duty with 8th Corps, 5 May 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 21 May 1917.

Detached for duty with Salvage Party, 20th Division, 17 June 1917; rejoined unit, 4 July 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 July 1917 (scabies), and transferred to 50th Casualty Clearing Station; rejoined unit, 10 July 1917.

Proceeded on leave, 14 July 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 26 July 1917.

Transferred to 14th Bn, 20 September 1917; joined Bn, in the field, 7 October 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 20 December 1917, on charge of when on Active Service, desertion, 21-24 October 1917; found guilty; sentenced to 10 years' Penal Servitude.

Sentence commuted to 2 years' Imprisonment with Hard Labour, 11 January 1918; unexpired portion of sentence suspended, 22 January 1919.

Rejoined unit from imprisonment, 26 January 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 10 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Commonwealth', 13 April 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 1 August 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsMarried but wife's address listed as 'unknown' on Attestation Form.
SourcesNAA: B2455, KING William

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