Joseph William CARSTAIRS

Regimental number3503
Place of birthBalmain, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolAnnandale North Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse driver
AddressGlossop, Allen Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 3.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Carstairs, Glossop, Allen Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 6 months in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1918
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Listed on Annandale North Public School Roll of Honour ('For King and Country'), New South Wales.
Discharge date3 March 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 7213 Pte George James CARSTAIRS, 1st Bn, returned to Australia, 6 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 7 December 1915 (mumps).

Allotted to and proceeded to join 53rd Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Transferred to 19th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, Field Bakery, 10 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 28 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Temporarily attached to 1st Field Butchery, 25 April 1916.

Found guilty, 29 April 1916, of while on Active Service being absent from Roll Call, 29 April, until reporting in camp at 1.30 pm: deprived of 2 days' pay, and forfeited 2 days' pay under Royal Warrant; total forfeiture: 4 days' pay.

Found guilty, 8 August 1916, of being absent from work, 5.30 am to 8 am: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.

Accidentally injured, 2 January 1917 (burn, right hand), and admitted to 21st Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 4, and admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 4 January 1917; transferred to England, 15 January 1917, and admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, 16 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 20 February 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 7 March 1917.

Reclassified, underage, 30 May 1917.

Found guilty, Perham Downs, 23 May 1917, of being absent without leave from 4 pm, 16 May, till noon, 22 May 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 7 days' pay.

Marched in to 1st Training Bn, Durrington, 21 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 August 1917; taken on strength, 1st Bn, in the field, 11 September 1917.

Wounded in action, and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 September 1917, and transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to 59th General Hospital (injured by liquid fire: burns face and left hand); to England, 29 September 1917, and admitted to City of London War Hospital, Clapton.

Found guilty, 10 December 1917, of whilst a patient in hospital being absent without leave, 4.45pm to 12 pm, 9 December 1917: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Dunluce Castle', 8 April 1918; disembarked Sydney, 17 August 1918; discharged (medically unfit: severe burns, head), Sydney, 3 March 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CARSTAIRS Joseph William