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Basil Austin ONYONS

Regimental number941
Place of birthWindsor N/A
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGunner
AddressCarnarvon Road, Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Austin R Onyans, Carnarvon Road, Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSt Kilda, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Battery 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914
Discharge date10 May 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Transferred to Rest Camp, Lemnos, 15 September 1915; rejoined unit, Gallipoli, 6 October 1915.

Sick to hospital, 30 October 1915; transferred to General Hospital, Gibraltar, 7 November 1915 (influenza); to England, 23 November 1915, and admitted to Beaufort War hospital, Fishponds, Bristol, 28 November 1915.

Embarked to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (date not recorded); admitted to Overseas Base, Cairo, 14 February 1916; rejoined unit, Tel el Kebir, 8 March 1916.

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

Wounded in action, 26 September 1916 (gun shot wound, forehead: slight), and admitted to hospital (no details recorded); rejoined unit, 12 November 1916.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 December 1916; transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 20 December 1916 (gonorrhoea); to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 23 December 1916; discharged to Base Depot, Etaples, 27 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 99 days.

Transferred to England, 3 May 1917.

Temporarily attached for duty with Australian Army Pay Corps, 25 September 1917.

Appointed Acting Sergeant, 1 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Balmoral Castle', 1 February 1918, for special duty in Australian Allotments Comparisons; disembarked Adelaide, 23 March 1918, for onward travel by rail to Melbourne; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 10 May 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly recorded on Nominal Roll as ONYANS.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ONYONS Basil Austin

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