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Joseph McCREA

Regimental number11779
Place of birthStrabane, Co Tyrone, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinBrother, J J McCrea, Eden Burndennett, Strabane, Co Tyrone, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919
Discharge date15 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 23rd Battery, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916. Mustered as Driver, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Transferred to 21st Field Artillery Brigade, 15 May 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 1 January 1917, and transferred same day to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens (influenza); to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 4 January 1917; to No 4 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 16 January 1917; to Base Depot, 19 January 1917.

Posted to and taken on strength of 4th Battery, 10 February 1917.

On leave to England, 25 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 12 September 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 1 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 October1918.

Granted leave without pay, 26 March to 25 May 1919 (Non-Military Employment: business, attending Eden, Bundennett, Strabane, Ireland); leave extended to 25 June 1919.

Retransferred to 2nd field Artillery Brigade on expiration of leave, 26 June 1919.

Found guilty, 17 July 1919, of in London being absent without leave from 10 am, 16 July, to 10 am, 17 July 1919: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Argyllshire', 1 August 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 22 September 1919; discharged, 15 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCREA Joseph

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