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Harold Austin SHERWIN

Regimental number3294
Place of birthNimmitabel, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressCaptains Flat via Bungendore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5.5"
Weight123 lbs
Next of kinFather, C Sherwin,Captains Flat via Bungendore, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 August 1915
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Fate incorrectly recorded on Nominal Roll as Killed in Action, 20 July 1916.
Discharge date10 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported killed in action, 20 July 1916; subsequently reported Prisoner of War, Germany.

Repatriated, December 1918; arrived England, 18 December 1918.

Admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London, 19 December 1918 (bronchitis); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 December 1918; discharged on furlough, 15 January 1919, to report to No 1 Command Depot, 29 January 1919.

Leave twice extended until 10 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Avonmouth on board HT 'Shropshire', 1 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 16 May 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 10 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHERWIN Harold Austin

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