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Oliver MADEX

Regimental number1644
Place of birthMillicent, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBeach Port, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs H. Madex, Beach Port, South Australia
Previous military serviceEnlisted in AIF, 26 January 1915; discharged 10 May 1915 as unlikely to become an efficient soldier
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 4 July 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1644
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 11 January 1918
Discharge date19 March 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Found guilty, Parkhouse, England, 29 August 1916, of (1) not obeying an order of a N.C.O.; (2) making a false statement; (3) breaking arrest; (4) not being in possession of a pay book and identity disc: awarded 14 days' detention.

Found guilty, 18 September 1916, of being drunk and creating a disturbance: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 24 September 1916, of being absent from 0630 hours parade: awarded 2 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 3 October 1916, of being absent without leave from 0930 hours, 1 October 1916, until 1200 hours, 2 October 1916: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 5 October 1916, of being absent from Defaulters' Parade, 4 October 1916: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 9 October 1916, of being absent from Tattoo Roll Call, 8 October 1916: awarded 2 days' confined to barracks.

Marched into Australian Army Training Depot, from A Battery, Wallington, 23 October 1916.

Marched into 8th Training Bn, Codford, from 15th Field Artillery Brigade, 26 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 November 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 12 November 1916.

Marched out to unit, 22 November 1916; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 25 November 1916.

Found guilty, 31 December 1916, of being improperly dressed on parade: awarded 2 days' confined to barracks.

Attached to 4th Salvage Company, 24 February 1917.

Admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, March 1917 (laryngitis); transferred to No 45 Casualty Clearing Station, 5 March 1917 (gas poisoning); to No 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens, 6 March 1917 (not yet diagnosed, shell gas).

Admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 9 May 1917 (tachycardia); transferred to No 9 Casualty Clearing Station, 9 May 1917; to No 4 Casualty Clearing Station, 11 May 1917; to No 10 Ambulance Train, 22 May 1917; to No 9 General Hospital, Rouen (disordered action of heart); to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 25 May 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 18 June 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 20 June 1917.

To England, fit for Permanent Base duties only, 25 June 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 June 1917, and classified B1A2.

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Codford, 9 July 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 27 August 1917.

Admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, 28 August 1917 (sore throat); discharged to Training Depot, 5 September 1917.

Admitted to Tidworth Miltiary Hospital, 19 September 1917; discharged and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 13 November 1917.

Found guilty, 27 November 1917, of (1) disobeying an routine order in that he was found in field adjacent to camp; (2) absent without leave from 1330 hours, 24 November 1917, until Tattoo, 26 November 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2 and total forfeiture of 10 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Darwin', 11 January 1918; disembarked Melbourne, ; discharged (medically unfit, sciatica), Adelaide, 19 March 1918.

Total war service: 2 years 214 days (of which 1 year 244 days was abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also noted as having suffered shell shock.
Date of death4 February 1931
SourcesNAA: B2455, MADEX Oliver

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