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Rex Thomas BORELLA

Regimental number1949
Place of birthWychitella, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressThyra via Moama, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.75"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Borella, Thyra via Moama, New South Wales
Previous military serviceMember of the Thyra Civilian Rifle Club ('have been actively drilled').
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus on 27 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1919
Discharge date29 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: [275] Lt Albert BORELLA VC, MM, 26th Bn, returned to Australia; 6224 Pte Charles BORELLA, 7th Bn, returned to Australia, 30 June 1918; 1949 Pte James BORELLA, 7th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt

Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 29 March 1916 (skin disease); discharged to duty, 4 April 1916.

Taken on strength, 3rd Double Squadron, 6 July 1916.

Qualified at 17th Signalling Course, Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 9 December 1916.

Taken on strength, Imperial Camel Corps, 14 February 1917.

Admitted to Government Hospital, Suez, 17 March 1917 (mumps); discharged to duty, 17 April 1917; rejoined 4th Bn Headquarters, Ferry Post, 18 April 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 28 June 1917 (septic sores); discharged to duty, 9 July 1917.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish, 1 August 1917 (cystitis); transferred to 24th Stationary Hospital, 2 August 1917 (infected bladder); to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 4 August 1917; to Convalescent Depot, 30 September 1917; to Red Cross Hospital, Montazah, 23 October 1917; to Rest Camp, Mustapha, 23 October 1917. Found guilty, 9 November 1917, of when on Active Service being in town without a pass, 6 November 1917: forfeited 3 days' pay.

Taken on strength, 8th Light Horse Regiment, 31 July 1918.

Admitted to Scottish Horse Field Ambulance, Ludd, 24 September 1918 (debility); transferred to 76th Casualty Clearing Station, 24 September 1919; discharged, 25 September 1918; to Signal Training Unit; rejoined 8th Light Horse Regiment, 8 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Malta', 3 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 7 August 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 29 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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