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Samuel James NAPIER

Regimental number3689
Place of birthGympie, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressChippendale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 8"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Janet Napier, Gill Street, Charters Towers, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 April 1917
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name45th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/62/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3689A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Discharge date20 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 10 May 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 20 July 1917, and marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 October 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 24 October 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 26 October 1917; taken on strength of 45th Bn, 2 November 1917.

Found guilty, 24 May 1918, of being absent without leave from 0900 hours, 23 May 1918, until 1100 hours, 24 May 1918: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2 and a total forfeiture of 15 days' pay.

Admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 15 June 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to No 5 Casualty Clearing Station, 17 June 1918; to No 16 General Hospital, Le Treport, 18 June 1918; to England, 19 June 1918; to No 2 Southern General Hospital, Voluntary Aid Detachment, Cheltenham, 21 June 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin, slight); to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 July 1918; discharged to furlough, 25 July 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 8 August 1918 (Class B1A3).

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Sutton Veny, 7 September 1918 (scabies); marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 13 September 1918.

Found guilty, 11 October 1918, of being absent without leave from 2359 hours, 8 October 1918, until 1500 hours, 10 October 1918: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 1 November 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, Southampton, 21 November 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 22 November 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 26 November 1918; rejoined 45th Bn, 1 December 1918.

Appointed Temporary Driver, 27 February 1919.

Marched out to England and reverts to the rank of Private, 2 May 1919; marched into No 4 Group, 10 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Frankfurt', 1 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 20 August 1919; discharged Sydney (termination of period of enlistment), 20 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 February 1938
SourcesNAA: B2455, NAPIER Samuel James

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