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George BYRNE

Regimental number374
Place of birthPort Pirie, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, Port Pirie, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Address11 Henry Street, Tighe's Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, George Byrne, c/o AWA, Florence Street, Port Pirie, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of wounds 29 March 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialOuttersteene Communal Cemetery (Plot II, Row C, Grave No. 42), Bailleul, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Jane BYRNE, AWA Hall, Port Pirie, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 16 January 1916, of being absent from defaulters' parade, and insolence to an NCO: awarded 28 days' detention with hard labour.

Rejoined unit from detention, 16 February 1916.

Transferred to 5th Division Artillery, 15 March 12916; taken on strength, 15th Field Artillery Brigade, and posted to 57th Battery.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 24 June 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, in the field, 27 January 1917.

Admitted to 35th Field Ambulance, 27 April 1917 (septic left ankle), and transferred to 8th Field Ambulance; to 6th General Hospital, 5 May 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 6 May 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 23 May 1917.

Found guilty, 9 July 1917, of being absent without leave, 9 pm, 2 July, to 10 pm, 3 July 1917: awarded 72 hours' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 5 days' pay.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 6 September 1917 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 8 September 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 16 December 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 103 days.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 27 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 29 March 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds (gas poisoning), 29 March 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BYRNE George

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