|Place of birth||Rydal, New South Wales|
|Address||Killarney, Wallerawang, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Father, Mr William Phelan, Killarney, Wallerawang, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Bathurst, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/70/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||Australian Intermediate Base Depot|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
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 details||Name recorded incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Lawrence Matthew PHELAN.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, PHELAN Laurence Mathew|