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Eric Oswald LEES

Regimental number775
Place of birthTemora, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressMarsden Road, Wyalong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Lees, Marsden Road, Wyalong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 12th Australian Light Horse for 13 months: discharged as medically unfit.
Enlistment date6 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1960
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 20 July 1919
Discharge date13 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Middle East

Transferred to 6th Light Horse, and posted to 'D' Squadron, 29 August 1915. Wounded in action, 21 September 1915 (gun shot wound, left leg); transferred by Hospital Ship to 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, 25 September 1915 (wound: severe); to 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 1 October 1915. Discharged to Convalescent Camp, 22 October 1915. Embarked from Suez on board HS 'Aeneas', 31 October 1915. Discharged, 21 January 1916.

Re-enlisted, 12 July 1916. Re-embarked on board HMAT 'Kabinga', 12 September 1916. Taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, Egypt, 21 November 1916. Admitted to Isolation Camp, Moascar, 1 December 1916; rejoined unit, 19 December 1916. Transferred to 12th Light Horse Regiment, 20 January 1917. Admitted to Rest Camp, Pt Said, 6 September 1917; rejoined unit, Fara, 16 September 1917.

Detached to Cookery School, Alexandria, 29 July 1918; rejoined unit, 2 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 25 September 1918 (gun shot wound, right ankle); and admitted to 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance; transferred to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 6 October 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Pt Said, 7 October 1918; to Rest Camp, 17 December 1918; rejoined 12th Light Horse Regiment, 15 April 1919. Found guilty, 16 December 1918, of being absent without leave, Pt Said, 12 December 1918, 1500 to 1725; of not being in possession of identity disk; and disobedience of hospital orders in that he was in possession of a khaki uniform: deprived of 4 days' pay.

Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 8 May 1919 (pyrexia); rejoined unit, 3 June 1919.

Returned to Australia on board HT 'Morvada', 20 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 28 August 1919; discharged, 13 October 1919.

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

Date of death1975
Place of burialWest Wyalong Lawn Cemetery, New South Wales

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