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Regimental number2440
Place of birthNewcastle, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCole Street, Islington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Margaret Westcott, 81 Martha's Home, Renwick Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (exempt)
Enlistment date30 June 1916
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 December 1919
Discharge date19 April 1920
Other details

War service: England

Embarked Sydney, 17 October 1916. disembarked Plymouth, 9 January 1917.

Found guilty, 2 April 1917, of being absent without leave from Durrington Camp from Tatto, 25 March, to Tattoo, 1 April 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited 22 days' pay.

Tried by District Court Martial, Larkhill, 4 June 1917: (1) Stealing public goods; (2) Receiving stolen goods knowing them to be stolen; (3) When in confinement attempting to escape: found Not Guilty on charges (1) and (2); Guilty on charge (3): awarded 6 months imprisonment; forfeiture of 210 days' pay.

Unexpired portion of sentence (29 days) remitted as from 4 November 1917.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 5 November 1917 (appendicitis); discharged to Training Depot, Fovant, 26 November 1917. Admitted to Group Hospital, Hurdcott, 29 November 1917 (eyestitis); marched into No 3 Command Depot from Group Hospital, 4 December 1917. Admitted to Delhi Hospital, 7 December 1917 (ear); marched into No 3 command Depot from hospital, 15 December 1917.

Found guilty, District Court Martial, 18 January 1918, of at Durrington being absent without leave, 10 June 1917, until apprehended at London, 8 July 1917; being in possession of a false pass: awarded 21 days' detention. Period under charge: 199 days. Sentence confirmed, but remitted, 27 January 1918. Total forfeiture: 203 days' pay.

By Sworn Declaration assumed true name of William Roy HEATON, 5 February 1918.

Marched out to No 2 command Depot, Weymouth, 10 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Themistocles', 22 December 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 February 1920; discharged (medically unfit), 19 April 1920.

Medal: British War Medal
Miscellaneous detailsReal name: William Roy HEATON

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