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Hibiscus STEPHEN

Regimental number3936
Place of birthNambour, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Address18A Stirling Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs J. Stephen, 15A Stirling Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 July 1917
Date of death19 April 1919
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialRookwood Cemetery (Plot 6C, Grave No. 5386), Rookwood, New South Wales
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
84
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph T. and Jessie STEPHENS. Native of Nambour, Queensland. Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, NSW.
Discharge date13 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, Egypt, 27 March 1916, to join the British Expeditionary Force; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916; taken on strength of 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 April 1916.

Marched out of 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot with 1st Anzac Entrenching Bn, 26 June 1916.

Taken on strength of 17th Bn, 3 August 1916.

Admitted to No 44 Casualty Clearing Station, 5 August 1916; transferred to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 5 August 1916 (gunshot wound, thigh); to England, 15 August 1916; to Lord Derby Hospital, Warrington, 16 August 1916 (gunshot wound, thigh and leg); to Kingston Hospital, 15 February 1917; to St Helen's Hospital, 21 February 1917; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 18 June 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kanowna', 16 July 1917; disembarked Sydney, 14 September 1917; discharged Sydney (medically unfit: gunshot wound, right leg with sciatic paralysis), 13 March 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, STEPHEN Hibiscus

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