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Regimental number638
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
AddressW L McConnell, Aberleigh Road, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 10"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinFather, W L McConnell, Aberleigh Road, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 32nd Engineers Regiment.
Enlistment date22 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Service Corps Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1919
Discharge date28 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Temporarily transferred to 2nd Divisional Signal Company, 2 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Found guilty, 25 March 1916, of being absent from parade: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 24 September 1916, of being absent from parade from 4 pm to 4.15 pm: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 29 December 1916, of being absent from 7 am stable parade: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

On leave to England, 13 July 1917. Admitted to 39th General Hospital, 29 July 1917, while returning from leave; discharged, 13 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 16 days. Rejoined unit, 17 August 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 25 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 28 September 1917 (gas poisoning), and admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 7th Australian Field Ambulance; to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 2 October 1917; to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 2 October 1917; to Ambulance Train No 23,3 October 1917, and admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 4 October 1917; to England, 14 October 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 15 October 1917. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, from furlough, 3 November 1917.

Found guilty, No 4 command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 January 1918, of (1) neglecting to obey order Dress; (2) neglecting to obey order Identification; (3) neglecting to obey an order given by MP: reverted to permanent grade of Private.

Attached to Motor Transport Section, Tidworth, 6 April 1918; to Motor Transport Section, Chelsea, 28 August 1918.

Granted leave with pay and subsistence (Non-Military Employment) , 26 March-18 September 1919, to undetrtake commercial travelling (motor machinery), Belmont Motors, Oxford Street, London.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Prinz Hubertus', 3 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 26 August 1919; discharged, Brisbane, 28 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCONNELL Robert

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