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William Lawrence RIGNEY

Regimental number2075
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationStock inspector
AddressFernlee, Elizabeth Street, Zetland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8.25"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Rigney, Fernlee, Elizabeth Street, Zetland, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Cyclists Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt William Laurence Rigney on NR
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date8 April 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6384 Pte Septimus John RIGNEY, 18th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 November 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Light Horse Reserve Regiment, Heliopolis, 1 March 1916.

Transferred to Cyclist Corps, Tel el Kebir, 27 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Forcer, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Transferred to 1st Anzac Corps Cyclist Bn, 9 July 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, while on leave in United Kingdom, 12 July 1917 (neurasthenia).

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 18 July 1917; discharged, 31 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 45 days.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 31 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Anchises', 1 Novenmber 1917; disembarked, 4 January 1918; discharged (medically unfit), 8 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsOccupation incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Lock inspector.
Date of death17 January 1968
SourcesNAA: B2455, RIGNEY William Lawrence

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