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Michael ROACH

Regimental number2175
Place of birthDandaloo, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Roach, Reids Creek, Gayndah, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 May 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Discharge date23 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 7 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 February 1917; joined Bn, in the field, 7 February 1917.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 21 February 1917; transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 22 February 1917 (scabies); discharged to duty, 13 March 1917.

Admitted to 10 Australian Field Ambulance, 13 March 1917 (otitis [middle ear infection]); transferred to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Boulogne, 21 March 1917; to England, 25 March 1917, and admitted to Kitchener War Hospital, Brighton; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 14 April 1917 (pleurisy); discharged on furlough, 11 May 1917, to report to Perham Downs, 26 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 26 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 31 July 1917 (gun shot wound, right thigh), and admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 11 August 1917; to 1st Convalescent Depot, 11 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 11 September 1917.

Admitted to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 11 October 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to England, 24 October 1917, and admitted to Kitchener War Hospital, Brighton; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 12 November 1917; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 February 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 28 February 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 26 May 1918 (gas), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 29 May 1918; to England, 1 June 1918, and admitted to Kitchener War Hospital, Brighton, 2 June 1918; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 23 July 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 25 July 1918.

Admitted to Group Hospital, 3 September 1918 (bronchitis); marched into No 4 Command Depot, 16 September 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 November 1918; taken on strength, 15th Bn, in the field, 11 November 1918.

Transferred to 12th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 9 December 1918.

Marched out for return to Australia, 21 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Miltiades', 19 June 919; disembarked Sydney, 8 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Brisbane, 23 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 November 1972
Age at death76
Place of burialEmu Plains Cemetery (Catholic Section), New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROACH Michael

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