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Michael CLIFFORD

Regimental number1628
Place of birthCastlemaine, Co Kerry, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressHarefield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, Peter Clifford, Castlemaine, Co Kerry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 January 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 October 1916
Discharge date24 July 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Ceramic', 14 April 1916; disembarked Port Said, 16 May 1916, and admitted to 31st General Hospital (pneumonia); transferred to 3rd Australian Hospital, Abbassia, 2 June 1916; to Ras-el-Tin Convalescent Depot, Alexandria, 5 June 1916; discharged to duty, 9 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Arcadian', 29 July 1916; disembarked Southmpton, 9 August 1916. Proceeded to France, 9 September 1916; marched into 5th Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 11 September 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 14 September 1916 (nervous breakdown). Embarked Boulogne on HS 'St. Patrick', 17 September 1916.

Admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, 18 September 1916 (mental disability); transferred to Lord Derby War Hospital, 22 September 1916.

Embarked Southampton on HS 'Karoola' and commenced return to Australia, 16 October 1916; disembarked Melbourne, 2 December 1916, for onward travel to 2nd Military District. Discharged as being medically unfit for continued service, Sydney, 24 July 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 May 1963
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLIFFORD Michael

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