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Laurence Mathew PHELAN

Regimental number2222
Place of birthRydal, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrocer's assistant
AddressKillarney, Wallerawang, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr William Phelan, Killarney, Wallerawang, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 March 1916
Place of enlistmentBathurst, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Intermediate Base Depot
FateReturned to Australia 22 January 1920
Discharge date11 May 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 July 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 September 1916.

roceeded overseas to France, 5 December 1916; taken on strength, 53rd Bn, in the field, 23 December 1916.

Wounded in action, 30 March 1917 (gun shot wound, right thigh), and admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 2 April 1917 (gun shot wound: severe); to England, 19 April 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 20 April 1917. Discharged on furlough, 23 August 1917, to report to Training Depot, Codford, 6 September 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Perham Downs, 13 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1917; rejoined 53rd Bn, in the field, 12 December 1917.

Attached for duty to 14th Field Company Engineers, 19 November 1917; rejoined Bn, 12 December 1917.

Detached On Command to Divisional Demonstration Platoon, 3 January 1918; rejoined 53rd Bn, in the field, 21 October 1918.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 19 November 1918 (synovitis, knee); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 20 November 1918; to 1st Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 22 November 1918; discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 9 December 1918.

Transferred to Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Havre, 25 March 1919, and taken on strength of No 1 Camp.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 25 May 1919; marched into No 5 Group, Weymouth, 29 May 1919; into No 3 Group, Codford, 4 June 1919.

Granted leave until recall, 12 January 1920.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Freidrichsruh', 22 January 1920; disembarked Sydney, 12 March 1920; discharged, Sydney, 11 May 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName recorded incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Lawrence Matthew PHELAN.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PHELAN Laurence Mathew

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