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Regimental number1705
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 9"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinSister-in-Law, Mrs Ann Nugent, Arthur Street, New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 December 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1705A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateDied of disease 7 October 1918
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XIV, Row A.A, Grave No. 7), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, Egypt, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Found guilty, 12th Training Bn, Rollestone, 29 July 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight, 27 July 1916, until 1400 hours, 28 July 1916: awarded 4 days' confined to camp, and forfeits 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, 7 August 1916, of being (1) drunk; (2) creating a disturbance in Company lines after lights out had been sounded: awarded 6 days' confined to camp, and fined 5/-.

Found guilty, 11 August 1916, of being absent without leave from reveille, 9 August 1916, until 2130 hours, 9 August 1916, whilst undergoing 6 days' confined to camp: awarded 7 days' confined to camp.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 September 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, 24 September 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 2 October 1916; taken on strength of 47th Bn, 3 October 1916.

Found guilty, 27 October 1916, of whilst on active service, being drunk: award, fined 10/-.

Found guilty, 22 December 1916, whilst on active service, being drunk: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 29 January 1917, on a charge of whilst on active service, disobeying a lawful command; found Guilty: sentenced to 2 years imprisonment with hard labour; sentence confirmed by Major General W. Holmes, 5 February 1917; sentence promulgated, 7 February 1917.

Marched out of 47th Bn, 22 February 1917; admitted to No 4 Military Prison, Agincourt, 27 February 1917.

Remainder of sentence suspended, 11 February 1918; released from No 4 Military Prison, 18 February 1918; rejoined 47th Bn, 25 February 1918.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 23 March 1918, on a charge of being absent without leave from 2115 hours, 11 March 1918, until 1800 hours, 12 March 1918: found Guilty: sentenced to 30 days' Field Punishment No 2; sentence confirmed by General Officer Commanding, 12th Australian Infantry Bde, 23 March 1918.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 45th Bn, 25 May 1918.

Tired by Field General Court Martial, in the field, 2 July 1918, on charges of (1) whilst on active service, deserting His Majesty's Service; (2) being absent without leave from 0300 hours, 2 June 1918, until 1500 hours, 4 June 1918; found Not Guilty on first charge, and Guilty on second charge: sentenced to 50 days' Field Punishment No 1; sentence confirmed General Officer Commanding 12th Australian Infantry Bde, 3 July 1918; sentence promulgated, 4 July 1918.

12 days' Field Punishment No 1 remitted by General Officer Commanding Australian Corps, 3 August 1918.

Reported absent, 30 August 1918; apprehended, 26 September 1918; rejoined unit, 2 October 1918.

Admitted to No 12 Australian Field Ambulance, 5 October 1918, and transferred to No 41 Stationary Hospital, the same day (pneumonia).

Died, 0100 hours, 7 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

No disciplinary action regarding absence between 30 August 1918, and 26 September 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, NUGENT James

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