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Laurance Alfred SWEENEY

Regimental number2621
Place of birthLeigh Creek, South Australia
Other NamesSweeney, LA
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCollie Fields Estate, Collie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 11"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinFather, Michael Sweeney, Collie Fields Estate, Collie, Western Australia
Previous military serviceAustralian Infantry Regiment Volunteers (2 years)
Enlistment date12 April 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Laurance spelt Lawrence
Date of death12 July 1921
Place of burialCollie Cemetery, WA
Discharge date25 October 1917
Other details

War service: England.

Embarked Fremantle, 10 October 1916; promoted Acting Corporal, 1 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 December 1916.

Reverts to the rank of Private, 13th Training Bn, Codford, 3 December 1916.

Admitted to Salisbury Hospital, 22 December 1916, and reverts to the rank of Private the same day (cerebro-spinal meningitis); rejoined 13th Training Bn, Codford, 15 February 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Hospital, 27 February 1917; rejoined 13th Training Bn, Codford, 28 February 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Hospital, 1 March 1917; rejoined unit, 2 March 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 May 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 21 July 1917; disembarked Fremantle, 25 October 1917; discharged Perth (medically unfit: deafness as a result of cerebro-spinal meningitis and debility), 25 October 1917.

Medal: British War Medal.

Death attributed to war service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SWEENEY Laurance Alfred

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