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John BYRNES

Regimental number4085
Place of birthWexford, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSailor
AddressPort Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 5"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Byrnes,112 Faythe Street, Wexford, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 December 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 February 1918
Discharge date1 May 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Proceededfrom Alexandria, Egypt, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 10 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 18 May 1916; marched in to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 5 June 1916; taken on strength of 27th Bn, 6 July 1916.

Wounded (accidentally) and admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 30 August 1916 (gun shot wound to left thigh); transferred to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 31 August 1916; to England, 2 September 1916; admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, 3 September 1916; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 9 November 1916; discharged from hospital and granted leave, 11 November 1916; marched in to Perham Downs Command Depot, 4 December 1916.

Found guilty, 4 December 1916, of being absent without leave from 3:30 pm, 27 November, to 10:30 pm, 30 November 1916: awarded 7 days confined to Camp and forfeited 4 days' pay.

Marched in to 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 6 December 1916; proceeded overseas to France, 23 May 1917; marched in to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, France, 23 May 1917; proceeded to join unit, 9 June 1917; rejoined 27th Bn, 12 June 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917; admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 20 September 1917 (shrapnel wound to left leg); to England, 3 October 1917; admitted to Chichester War Hospital, Gray Hugwell, England, 3 October 1917; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 6 November 1917; discharged and granted leave, 24 November to 8 December 1917.

Marched in to Weymouth Command Depot, 8 December 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Llanstephan Castle', 15 February 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 16 April 1918; discharged, 1 May 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BYRNES John

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