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David Alexander MITCHELL

Regimental number11773
Place of birthKillymallaght, Londonderry, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0.5"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Mitchell, Killymallaght, c/o Cullion PO, Cullion, Londonderry, 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 November 1917
Discharge date24 May 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of Divisional Ammunition Column, and posted to No 2 Section, 29 February 1916. Taken on strength, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, Tel el Kebir, 8 March 1916. Appointed Driver, 14 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 March 1916.

Found guilty, 30 March 1916, of being absent from 7.15 parade: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, 13 May 1916. Transferred to No 2 Section, 24 January 1917. Transferred to 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, 28 January 1917, and posted to 4th Battery.

Found guilty, 29 June 1917, of while on stable picquet leaving his post without permission: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 11 August 1917 (shell wound, back), and admitted to 55th Field Ambulance; transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to 22nd General Hospital, 12 August 1917; transferred to England, 17 August 1917, and admitted to Voluntary Aid Detachment, Nethercote, Ramsgate (gun shot wound, left ankle: slight); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 25 September 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 28 September 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Anchises', 1 November 1917; discharged, Melbourne, 24 May 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medal stamps marked 'Returned 10/5/23'.
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin address incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Killymallagh, Bullion, Ireland.

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