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Denis Patrick BYRNES

Regimental number3481
Place of birthKells, Co Meath, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressKells, Co Meath, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9"
Weight167 lbs
Next of kinFather, D Byrnes, Oristown, Kells, Co Meath, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 October 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Australia, 17 December 1915; proceeded to join the 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; taken on strength, 56th Bn in Tel-el-Kabir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on board HT Huntsend' to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916.

Found guilty, 20 August 1916, of smoking while on duty: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to General Hospital, 2 November 1916 (gun shot wound to head); transferred to St George Hospital, England, 9 November 1916; to Northhampton War Hospital, 10 November 1916; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 6 December 1916; discharged from hospital, 14 December 1916.

Found guilty, 9 February 1917, of being absent without leave form 3:00 pm, 6 February, to 4:00 pm, 7 February 1917: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 4 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 9 March 1917; transferred to Parkhouse Military Hospital, 13 April 1917; discharged from hospital and marched in, 18 April 1917; marched out to Command Depot, Perham Downs, 17 May 1917; marched out to Camp Headquarters, 21 May 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 20 June 1917; marched in from England to rejoin unit, 21 June 1917; rejoined unit, 13 July 1917.

On leave, 25 August 1918; reported absent without leave, 11 September 1918.

Found guilty, 20 January 1919, of being absent from 10:00 am, 1 October 1918, to 2:30 pm, 17 January 1919: awarded admonishment by Commanding Officer and forfeited 109 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Ascanius', 9 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BYRNES Denis Patrick

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