|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Geelong, Victoria|
|Address||Woollen Mills, Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||44|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs C B Topen, Woollen Mills, Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||18th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/35/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||18th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Western Front
Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 23 September 1916; discharged, 16 October 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 24 days.
Proceeded overseas to France,2 November 1916; joined 18th Bn, in the field, 18 November 1916.
Admitted to Anzac Corps Rest Station, 13 January 1917 (myalgia); transferred to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, and thence to Casualty Clearing Station, and to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 January 1917; to England, 20 January 1917, and admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, 24 January 1917. Discharged on furlough, 12 March 1917; to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 27 March 1917.
Transferred to 62nd Bn, Windmill Hill, 25 April 1917. Found guilty, 20 August 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 19 August 1917, ti;; apprehended by Military Police at Barford, 2.15 pm, 20 August 1917: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay.
Re-transferred to 18th Bn, 21 September 1917.
Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, from No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 5 November 1917.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Persic' for discharge (rheumatism and senility), 21 December 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 21 March 1918.
Total war service: 2 years 55 days (of which 1 year 316 days was abroad).
Medals: British War Medal, Victory MedalEnlisted in No 2 District Guard, Sydney, 13 June 1918; warrant issued for his arrest, 30 September 1918, for desertion from No 2 District Guard, Sydney, and for being deficient in respect of articles of clothing and equipment. Tried by Court Martial: found guilty; awarded 60 days' imprisonment with hard labour, 15 November 1918