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Henry James SAWYER

Regimental number1982
Place of birthKilkenny, South Australia
AddressPort Lincoln, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Olive Sawyer, Poonindie, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/65/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Discharge date29 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 12 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 20 November 1916; taken on strength, 48th Bn, 9 December 1916.

On leave, 4 December 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 20 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 28 March 1918 (gun shot wound, neck), and admitted same day to 56th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers, 29 March 1918; to England, 1 April 1918, and admitted same day to 1st Birmingham War Hospital; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 11 April 1918; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 8 May 1918. Discharged on furlough, 23 May 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 6 June 1918.

Awarded Military Medal, 2 May 1918.

Admitted to Clearing Hospital, Hurdcott, 29 June 1918 (influenza); discharged to No 4 Command Depot, 30 June 1918; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 19 August 1918. Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1918; rejoined Bn, 2 December 1918.

To Australian Corps School, 30 January 1919; rejoined Bn, 29 March 1919. Marched out to England for return to Australia, 15 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Beltana', 2 June 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 15 July 1919; discharged, 29 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 December 1938

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