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Regimental number12704
Place of birthCo Antrim, Ireland
OccupationFarm labourer
Address20 Hughes Street, Unley, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height6' 1.5"
Weight199 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Chesney, Largy House, Port Glennone, Co Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Australian General Hospital
FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919
Discharge date5 December 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 31 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 21 July 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 24 November 1916.

Admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, 25 December 1916 ; discharged to duty, 29 December 1916. Admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 23 June 1917 (varicose veins); transferred to England, 25 June 1917, and admitted to Southwark Military Hospital; to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 11 August 1917; discharged on furlough, 14 August 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 August 1917. Marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Codford, 4 September 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 8 October 1917; marched in to 3rd Division Headquarters, 23 October 1917.

Proceeded to Australian General Base Depot, Havre (unfit), 25 July 1918; taken on strength of 2nd Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, 4 August 1918. Admitted to No 2 AGH, 1 October 1918 (poisoned thumb); discharged to duty, 4 October 1918. On leave to United Kingdom, 13 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 28 October 1918.Admitted to No 2 AGH, 14 December 1918 (no details recorded); discharged to duty, 28 December 1918.

Attached for duty to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 19 April 1919; detachment ended, marched in to Australian Army Medical Corps Training Depot, Sutton Veny, 10 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Ajana', 19 August 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 October 1919; discharged, 5 December 1919.

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

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