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Regimental number239
Date of birth25 March 1886
Place of birthBunyip, Gippsland, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSpringhurst, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Fred J. Canning, Springhurst, Victoria
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 23 December 1918
Discharge date2 April 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Australia, 20 October 1914; disembarked Egypt, 6 December 1914.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli, 10 May 1915. Appointed Provisional Sergeant, 7 August 1915. Admitted to hospital, Gallipoli, 25 August 1915, and reverted to permanent rank of Corporal on account of sickness; transferred to Malta on board HS 'Ascanius', 31 August 1915, and admitted to Royal Naval Hospital. Transferred to All Saints' Hospital, 21 September 1915; placed on supernumerary list, 3 December 1915. Transferred to Floriana Hospital for duty on staff of EMO, 26 December 1915. Treated at Military Hospital, Valetta, for hyperthyroidsm, 26 May 1916; transferred to Passage Depot, Spimola, 6 June 1916.

Discharged to active service per 'Abbassieh', 21 June 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 26 June 1916; returned to duty, 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, 27 June 1916. Transferred to Camel Corps, 1 July 1916; rejoined 4th Light Horse Regiment and reverted to rank of Corporal, 6 August 1916.

Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Ferry Post, 2 March 1917. Transferred to 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, 12 March 1917. Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 13 May 1917; rejoined unit, 16 June 1917. To Isolation Camp, 20 June 1917; rejoined unit, 30 June 1917. Rejoined 4th Light Horse Regiment at Kazar, 1 July 1917. Appointed Sergeant, 23 July 1917. Sick to hospital, 1 December 1917; admitted to Australian Rest Station, 2 December 1917 (diarrhoea). Transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia (dysentery), 13 December 1917; transferred to Rest Camp, 31 December 1917; rejoined 4th Light Horse Regiment, Belah, 2 February 1918.

Admitted to 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance (sprained right wrist; sustained in the performance of military duty; no one to blame; no disciplinary action required), 12 April 1918; transferred to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 14 April 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 16 April 1918; to Rest Camp, 22 April 1918. Marched in to Desert Corps Rest Camp, Jerusalem, en route to rejoin unit, 5 May 1918.

Marched in to Australian Details Camp, Moascar, 21 December 1918. Commenced return to Australia on 1914 leave on board 'Argyllshire' from Suez, 23 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919; discharged, 2 April 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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