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Francis Patrick O'DEA

Regimental number14253
Date of birth11 December 1894
Place of birthSt Alban's, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationWireless operator
Address82 St Leonard's Road, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.25"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, Patrick O'Dea, Maldon, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Citizen Military Forces, 1911-15; 1 year in the Royal Australian Navy Radio Service: still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date7 April 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name1st Australian Wireless Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/16/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Morea on 30 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer Class II
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Wireless Signal Squadron
FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Other details

War service: Middle East

Embarked Melbourne, 30 May 1916; disembarked Colombo, Ceylon, 15 June 1916; re-embarked Colombo, 18 June 1916; disembarked Bombay, 21 June 1916; re-embarked Bombay, 24 June 1916; disembarked Basra, Mesopotamia, 5 July 1916.

Admitted to hospital, 17 September 1916 (varicocele); discharged, 20 September 1916.

Admitted to No 3 British General Hospital, 7 October 1916 (varicocele); discharged, 12 October 1916.

Attached to Russian forces in Persia, 22 September 1917; rejoined Wireless Squadron, Bagdad. 17 January 1918.

Appointed Squadron Sergeant Major, 18 January 1918.

Proceeded from Basra to India on one month's leave, 4 May 1918.

Proceeded from Poona to Bombay for return to Australia, 14 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Bombay on board HT 'Themistocles', 15 January 1919 (malaria); arrived Sydney, 5 February 1919, for onward travel to Melbourne; discharged, Melbourne, 10 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'DEA Francis Patrick

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