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William Alexander BOAL

Regimental number31802
Place of birthDown, Ireland
Address89 Sheppard Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinBrother, J Boal, 14 Colfin Street, Donegal Road, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 October 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameMedium Trench Mortar Battery Reinforcement 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/129/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 2 December 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6919A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Discharge date11 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Nestor', 21 November 1917; disembarked Suez, 15 December 1917.

Embarked Alexandria, 8 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, 13 January 1918; disembarked Southmpton, 24 January 1918, and marched into 6th Training Bn, Fovant. Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 29 April 1918; marched into New Zealand Base Depot, Etaples, 30 April 1918; moved into field, 4 May 1918; taken on strength of 24th Bn, 7 May 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 1 June 1918, and transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, left hand and buttock); to Ambulance Train, 2 June 1918; admitted to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 3 June 1918; transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 7 June 1918; transferred to Australian Convalescent Depot, 1 July 1918; admitted to Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 2 July 1918; discharged to Australian Infantry Base Depot, 18 July 1918; moved into the field, 23 July 1918; rejoin unit from hospital, 25 July 1918.

Found guilty at Rouelles, 24 July 1918, of (1) being absent without leave, 9.30 am, 20 July, to 2.10 pm, 21 July 1918, and (2) being out of bounds, 20 July 1918: awarded fine of 10 days' pay; forfeited total of 12 days' pay.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 28 August 1918, and transferred to 41st Casualty Clearing Station (diarrhoea); to Ambulance Train, 28 August 1918; admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 29 August 1918 (dysentry); transferred to 25th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 29 August 1918. Proceeded to England for further treatment, 29 September 1918; admitted to Reading War Hospital, 30 September 1918; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 November 1918; discharged on furlough, 14 November 1918.

Found guilty in London, 29 November 1918, of being absent without leave, 10.00 am, 28 November, to 10.00 am, 29 November 1918: admonished by superior officer; forfeited total of 1 days' pay. Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 30 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Nestor', 12 December 1918; disembarked 2nd Military District, 1 February 1919. Discharged Sydney, 11 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOAL William Alexander

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