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Thomas MACKEY

Regimental number2533
Place of birthTipperary, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 7"
Weight171 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah Myra Mackey, Tipperary, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 3-4 months, Imperial Field Artillery (Boer War).
Enlistment date9 March 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 19 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 July 1917
Discharge date23 November 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane on HMAT 'Seang Choon', 19 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 December 1916.

Found guilty at Codford, 3 January 1917, of overstaying leave, 1.00 am, 3 January, to 7.30 pm, 4 January 1917: awarded 1 day's detention; forfeited total of 4 days' pay. Found guilty at Codford, 22 March 1917, of being absent without leave, 9.30 pm, 11 March, to 9.00 pm, 12 March 1917: awarded 30 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 41 days' pay. Found guilty at Codford, 12 April 1917, of (1) escaping from detention, and (2) being absent without leave, 1.00 pm, 10 April, to 9.30 pm, 11 April 1917, and (3) being in Stockton without a pass: awarded 8 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 10 days' pay. Found guilty at Codford, 27 April 1917, of (1) being in Codford without a pass, and (2) being improperly dressed at Stockton, 24 April 1917: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2. Found guilty, 30 April 1917, of failing to attend parade, 27 April 1917: sentenced to forfeit 8 days' pay.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 9 May 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 10 May 1917. Transferred to England for general base duties, 29 May 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 June 1917.

Found guilty at Weymouth, 14 July 1917, of conduct to the prejudice of good order, 13 July 1917: awarded 28 days' detention.

Commenced return to Australia for Home Service, 22 July 1917 (over age).

Found guilty at Cape Town, 30 August 1917, of failing to embark on HT 'Nestor', 28 August, and remaining absent without leave until 10 pm, 29 August 1917: awarded 7 days' detention; to detention barracks, Wynberg, 30 August 1917. Found guilty at Cape Town, 17 September 1917, of overstaying leave, 10.00 pm, 15 September, to 10.00 am, 16 September 1917: awarded 4 days' confinement to barracks. Found guilty at Cape Town, 24 September 1917, of drunkenness: awarded 3 days' confinement to barracks.

Commenced return to Australia on HMAT 'Benalla', 27 September 1917; disembarked Sydney, 26 October 1917, for onward travel to 1st Military District. Discharged as being unfit for military service, Brisbane, 23 November 1917 (over age).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MACKEY Thomas

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