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Regimental number5243
Date of birth20 May 1891
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway fireman
Address'Alderbury', Croydon Avenue, Croydon, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSister, Miss V Partridge, 'Alderbury', Croydon Avenue, Croydon, Victoria
Enlistment date3 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).
Recommendation date: 18 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date27 January 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 18 November 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, date not recorded [December 1915/January 1916] (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to No. 2 General Hospital, Gezireh, 18 January 1916 (tonsilitis); discharged to Overseas Base, Gezireh, 12 February 1916. Transferred to 1st Battery, Tel el Kebir, 8 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 27 March 1916.

Sustained accidental injury to chest, 1 November 1916; admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 2 November 1916; transferred to England on board HS 'Asturias', 9 November 1916; transferred from VAD Hospital, Exeter, to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 11 December 1916; discharged to No. 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 18 December 1916. Found guilty, Wareham, 1 February 1917, of using obscene language in the presence of a superior Officer: awarded forfeiture of 1 days pay. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 7 March 1917; discharged, 13 July 12917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 129 days. Marched out to Overseas Training Depot, 24 July 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 17 October 1917; rejoined 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Belgium, 23 October 1917.

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station, 27 December 1917 (cold); discharged to duty, 4 January 1918. Promoted Temporary Bombardier. Admitted to 4th Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow, 8 November 1918, while on leave to United Kingdom (tonsilitis); reverted to rank of Driver; discharged from hospital, 13 December 1918, and granted leave to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny; failed to report. Leave extended, 18 December 1918. Transferred to Australian Army Pay Corps, 16 December 1918. Admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 5 March 1919 (furunculoses); discharged, 8 March 1919. Found guilty, 4 April 1919, of (1) refusing to show his pass to the MP; (2) resisting arrest; admonished.

Married Alma Louise WOLIN at St Matthew's Church, Oakley Square, St Pancras, London, 23 April 1919.

Promoted Temporary (Voyage Only) Sergeant, 13 August 1919; commenced return to Australia on board HMAT 'Berrima', 6 September 1919; disembarked Sydney, 8 November 1919; discharged, 27 January 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 December 1968
Age at death77
Place of burialWoronora Crematorium, New South Wales

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