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Percy John VAWSER

Regimental number198
Place of birthMount Gambier, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationFireman
Address27 Chancery Lane, Glenelg, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Vawser, 27 Chancery Lane, Glenelg, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Discharge date8 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, 21 January 1916, of disobedience of orders, viz. failing to report on 2 pm parade: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 20 July 1916; promoted Corporal, 3 September 1916.

Wounded in action, 24 November 1916 (gun shot wound, forehead), and admitted to 35th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 November 1916; to England, 4 December 1916, and admitted to 2nd War Hospital, Birmingham, 5 December 1916; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 6 February 1917; discharged on furlough, 12 February 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 May 1917; taken on strength, 50th Bn, from 32nd Bn, 27 May 1917.

Transferred to 32nd Bn, 25 July 191; taken on strength, 1 August 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 August 1917 (otitis media), and transferred same day to 4th Stationary Hospital, Arques; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 26 August 1917; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 31 August 1917 (otitis media, left ear); to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 14 September 1917; to No 3 Rest Camp, 18 September 1917; to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 24 September 1917.

Admitted to 40th Stationary Hospital, Harfleur, 3 October 1917 (otitis media); discharged to duty, 15 October 1917, and marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot.

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 10 November 1917 (otitis media); transferred to No 4 Convalescent Depot, 19 November 1917; to 2nd General Hospital, 19 November 1917; to Base Depot, Rouelles, 21 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 January 1918.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 24 April 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 24 June 1918 (gun shot wound, right buttock), and admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 4, 25 June 1918, and admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 June 1918; transferred to 73rd General Hospital, Trouville, 1 July 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 13 August 1918.

Found guilty, 9 October 1918, of without reasonable excuse, allowing a person committed to his charge to escape: severely reprimanded.

Marched out to unit, 28 October 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 30 October 1918.

On leave to England, 7 November 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 24 November 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 3 February 1919; embarked Havre, 14 February 1919; disembarked Weymouth, 15 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Wyreema', 13 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 29 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 8 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 May 1935
SourcesNAA: B2455, VAWSER Percy John

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