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Herbert PEIRCE

Regimental number218
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionCongregational
OccupationClerk
Addressc/- Mrs Ellen Meadows, Loxton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Mrs Ellen Meadows, Loxton, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the 76th Regiment, Citizen Military Forces; 2 years in the 78th Regiment.
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name two spellings Herbert and Hubert
Discharge date13 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 29 August 1916 (dislocated right elbow: accident: injury not sustained in performance of military duty); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 30 August 1916; to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 3 September 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 18 September 1916; to Base Depot, Etaples, 21 September 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 October 1916.

Detached to 5th Division Signalling School, 4 February 1917.

Admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 February 1917 (mumps); rejoined 32nd Bn from hospital, 27 February 1917.

Detached for duty at 5th Division Headquarters, 10 April 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 1 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 16 March 1918.

Rejoined 32nd Bn from detachment, 19 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1918 (gas), and admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound, right thigh: severe), and transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 28, 26 April 1918, and admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 26 April 1918; transferred to England, 4 May 1918, and admitted to Colchester General Military Hospital, 5 May 1918 (wound severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 May 1918; discharged on furlough, 16 August 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 30 August 1918.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 30 August 1918.

Admitted to No 2 Group Hospital, Fovant, 28 December 1918 (neurasthenia); discharged to No 4 Command Depot, 1 January 1919.

Admitted to No 2 Group Hospital, Fovant, 27 January 1919; discharged from hospital, 13 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Cluny Castle', 23 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 21 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 13 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medals marked 'returned, 3 March 1924'.
Date of death13 February 1924
Age at death28
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (6 East 12), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, PEIRCE Herbert

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