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Robert Joseph BROWNING

Regimental number165
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeaman
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs May Browning, 8 St James Place, Montague, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in the Royal Navy, and 5 years in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Enlistment date29 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentAble Bodied Driver
Unit name1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AWM Embarkation Roll numberMIS34.12.1.RANBT1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollABD
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
FateReturned to Australia 22 January 1917
Discharge date24 April 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt

Embarked Melbourne, 4 June 1915; promoted to Leading Seaman to complete establishment, 13 March 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 21 March 1916 (swollen throat).

Admitted to General Hospital, Suez, Egypt, to take an eye test, 22 December 1916; transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital for an eye test, 27 December 1916; discharged from hospital, 21 January 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides' from Suez, 22 January 1917; disembarked Sydney, 21 February 1917; discharged, 24 April 1917 (medically unfit: chronic glaucoma and senility).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROWNING Robert Joseph

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