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Solomon USHER

Regimental number2400
Place of birthTaree, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLeichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 8"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice Amelia Usher, Campbelltown, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 November 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A56 Palermo on 18 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918
Discharge date28 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 10 June 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 15 June 1916; transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 16 June 1916 (haemorrhoids); to England, 24 June 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 3 July 1916 (cystitis); transferred to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 13 September 1916. Debited 1/2 for loss of kit, 27 September 1916.

Marched into 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 14 January 1917 Found guilty, 22 January 1917, of neglecting to obey an order given by an NCO: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 February 1917; taken on strength, 56th Bn, in the field, 12 February 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 21 March 1917; rejoined Bn, 26 March 1917 (no further details recorded).

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 8 April 1917, and transferred same day to 56th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 9 April 1917, and admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 11 April 1917 (accidental injury to 5th toe, left foot, while on guard duty); to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 11 April 1917; to 5th Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 5 May 1917; to 5th Division Base Depot, Havre, 24 May 1917.

Admitted to 40th Stationary Hospital, Harfleur, 20 June 1917 (urethia); to 4th Convalescent Depot, 14 July 1917; to 5th Division Base Depot, 24 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 August 1917.

Detached for duty to 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, 16 September 1917; rejoined unit, 23 September 1917.

Posted as absentee, 26 September 1917; rejoined unit from absence, 25 October 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 18 November 1917, on charges (1) Disgraceful conduct of an indecent kind; (2) When on Active Service deserting his Majesty's service, in that he absented himself from the front line on the morning of 26-9/17, prior to an attack on that morning, until arrested on 6-10-17; pleaded 'not guilty' to both charges. Found 'guilty' on charge 1; 'not guilty' on charge 2 (desertion) but guilty of absence without leave: awarded 1 year's imprisonment with hard labour. Proceeded to undergo detention, 4 December 1917.

Admitted to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 9 December 1917 (debility); transferred to Ambulance Train, 10 December 1917, and admitted to 37th General Hospital, 10 December 1917 (malaria); transferred to 7th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 16 December 1917; discharged to duty, 29 January 1918.

Rejoined unit from prison, 7 June 1918.

Detached to 14th Field Company Engineers, 16 June 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 24 July 1918.

Wounded in action, 1 September 1918 (gas), and admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 September 1918; transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 September 1918; to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 5 September 1918; transferred to England, 7 September 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Monyhull Section, Birmingham, 8 September 1918. Transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 14 September 1918; discharged on furlough, 17 September 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 1 October 1918.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somerset', 4 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 15 January 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 28 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 November 1947

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