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David PRISK

Regimental number959
Place of birthCarrington, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressTailem Bend, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 7.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Prisk, Tailem Bend, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 8th Commonwealth Horse for 6 months: time expired.
Enlistment date8 January 1915
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A59 Botanist on 2 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 17 July 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Date of return entered as 8 January 1915 on Nominal Roll.
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date15 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine, Syria

Found guilty of contravening Base Standing Orders, 15 February 1916: awarded 10 days' confined to barracks.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Heliopolis, 3 April 1916 (rheumatism); returned to duty, 14 April 1916.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, Tel el Kebir, 4 June 1916, of when on Active Service disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer: awarded 60 days' imprisonment without labour. Conviction quashed by order of the Army Council, 10 August 1916.

Admitted to 24th Stationary Hospital, 29 September 1916 (myalgia); transferred same day to Hospital Train, and admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, 29 September 1916; discharged to duty and rejoined 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, 17 October 1916.

Attached to Australian Depot Stores, 30 June 1917.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial of (1) when on Active Service drunkenness at Cairo, 17 July 1917; (2) When on Active Service committing an offence against the person of an inhabitant of the country in which he was serving in that he in Cairo in Egypt on 17 July 1917 assaulted Sofia Toghrafsky, a Greek subject, by striking her with his fist inflicting an injury: awarded 6 months' imprisonment with hard labour, and forfeited 25 days' pay; total period of forfeiture awaiting trial 117 days (£28/15/-).

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 2 October 1917 (tonsilitis); discharged to duty, 26 October 1917. Taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, 10 November 1917.

Found guilty, 20 November 1917 of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 2130, 17 November, till 1810, 18 November 1917: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay; total forfeiture: 9 days' pay.

Transferred to 9th Light Horse Regiment, 6 December 1917.

Appointed Driver, 29 June 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 29 June 1918 (asthenia), and transferred same day to 34th Convalescent Camp; to 26th CC, 1 July 1918; to 36th Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 1 July 1918 (gastritis); to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 10 July 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, 11 July 1918. Marched into Desert Mounted Corps Rest Campt, 17 August 1918; rejoined 3rd Light horse Training Regiment, 1 September 1918; marched in to 9th Light Horse Regiment, 17 October 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 20 October 1918 (diarrhoea); discharged, 23 October 1918.

Embarked Beirut, 7 November 1918; disembarked Alexandria, 9 November 1918; admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, 12 November 1918 (pyrexia, not yet diagnosed); transferred to Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Port Said, 20 December 1918. Granted 14 days' leave, 23 December 1918. Rejoined 9th Light Horse Regiment, 4 March 1919.

Admitted to 26th Stationary Hospital, 28 April 1919 (incontinence); transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 7 May 1919; transferred to Port Said Rest Camp, 18 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Dunluce Castle', 17 July 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 15 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 September 1923

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