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Harold Ernest BIRT

Regimental number13742
Place of birthNewtown, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWardsman
AddressLeichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs M E Birt, 26 Hay Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Discharge date31 October 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 13750 Pte Alfred George BIRT, Australian Army Medical Corps, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919.
Other details

War service: proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 28 May 1916. Transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton, 17 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 March 1917; taken on strength, 3rd Field Ambulance, 26 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 20 September 1917 (shrapnel wound, legs); admitted to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 25 September 1917. Transferred to England, 25 September 1917, and admitted to General Military Hospital, Edmonton. Transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 4 October 1917. Discharged, 17 October 1917, and granted furlough to report to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 31 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 April 1918; rejoined unit, 26 April 1918.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 13 August 1918 (pains and vomiting); transferred to England, 23 August 1918; admitted to Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, 25 August 1918. Granted furlough, 5 September 1918, to report to No. 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 19 September 1918. Married Cora Gladys BOURNE, The Baptist Church, Droitwich, 15 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Windhuk', with wife, 19 June 1919; disembarked Sydney, 21 August 1919; discharged, 31 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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