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David Lindsay SHARP

Regimental number166
Place of birthAnnadale, Koorongarra, Queensland
SchoolCanning Creek State School, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressKooroongarra via Millmerran, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.7
Height5' 9"
Weight140.5 lbs
Next of kinFather, David Sharp, Kooroongarra via Millmerran, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 2.5 years in 13th Squadron, 5th (Darling Downs) Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment. .
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentWarwick, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 28 April 1918
Place of death or woundingPioneer Trench, Albert Road, France
Age at death26.2
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
106
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Janet SHARP, Kooroongarra, via Millmerran, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Egypt to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Maheene', 8 September 1915 (febrile and influenza); transferred to Intarfa Military Hospital, Malta, 12 September 1915 (enteric); to England, 15 October 1915, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Park Section, Birmingham, 24 October 1915 (sick: slight).

Marched out to 25th Bn, No 4 Command Depot, Parkhouse, 6 September 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 12 September 1916; discharged, 13 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 183 days.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 20 March 1917; discharged, 24 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 5 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917;taken on strength, 25th Bn, in the fiekd, 9 April 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 June 1917 (trench fever); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 June 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 12 June 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 17 June 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin), and transferred to 29th Casualty Clearing Station; rejoined unit, in the field, 26 June 1917.

On leave to England, 10 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 28 February 1918.

Admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, 18 March 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to duty, and rejoined unit, 19 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 28 April 1918 (shell wound, knee), and admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 28 April 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Parents originally requested that the headstone carry the Star of David; the Defence Department advised, 13 July 1920, that the Star was a symbol of the Jewish faith; father replied, 25 July 1920: 'If you think the Star of David is out of place, then we will have the plain stone.'
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Kooloongarra, Queensland.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHARP David Lindsay

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