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William ABERNETHY

Regimental number4496
Place of birthPortsoy, Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMillworker
Address86 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 8"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinRobert Murray, Barmah, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 October 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 16 December 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4496A
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1919
Discharge date11/4/1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 16 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France from 8th Training Bn, 22 May 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 23 May 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 11 June 1917; taken on strength of 46th Bn, 16 June 1917, and allotted Regimental Number 4496A the same day.

Wounded in action, 30 September 1917; admitted to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station, 30 September 1917 (shrapnel wound, head); transferred to No 7 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 30 September 1917; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 3 October 1917; to No 14 Convalescent Depot, Fronville, 6 October 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 22 November 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 27 November 1917; rejoined 46th Bn, 29 November 1917.

Found guilty, 23 January 1918, of being absent without leave from 1900 hours, 5 January 1918, until apprehended by Military Police at 2130 hours, 5 January 1918: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 7 days' pay.

On leave, 6 February 1918; rejoined unit, 23 February 1918.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 14 June 1918.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 18 September 1918; admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 18 September 1918, and transferred to No 53 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (shrapnel wound, buttocks); to No 5 General Hospital, 20 September 1918; to England, 22 September 1918; to Magdalen Camp Military Hospital, Winchester, 23 September 1918; discharged to furlough, 2 January 1919; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 January 1919.

Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 1 February 1919.

Promoted Acting Sergeant, 1 June 1919.

Promoted Temporary 2nd Corporal while holding the rank of Acting Sergeant, 1 August 1919.

Detached from Permanent Cadre of Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, 1 October 1919, a relinquishes the rank of Acting Sergeant the same day; promoted 2nd Corporal, 1 October 1919.

Promoted Acting Orderly Room Sergeant, 16 December 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Konigin Luise', 18 December 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 4 February 1920; discharged Melbourne, (medically unfit: gunshot wound, right buttock), 11 April 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 October 1965
Age at death90
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABERNETHY William

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