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Joseph William COLLINS

Regimental number3787
Place of birthAlford, South Australia
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressCowell, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emilia Enright, Cowell, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 July 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 21 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Discharge date15 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 21 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 November 1916.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 15 January 1917 (inflammation of joints); discharged, 30 January 1917; marched into 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 31 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 February 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 1 March 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 5 March 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 6 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 25 October 1917, and admitted to No 3 Australian Field Ambulance the same day (shrapnel wound, left leg); transferred to No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 26 October 1917; to No 18 Ambulance Train, 26 October 1917; to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 27 October 1917; to England, 30 October 1917; to No 3 Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 31 October 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 4 January 1918; discharged, and marched into No 3 Command Depot, 11 February 1918.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 14 May 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 June 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 7 June 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 12 June 1918; rejoined 32nd Bn, 22 June 1918.

Admitted to No 15 Australian Field Ambulance, 13 September 1918, and transferred to No 41 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (boils on neck); to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 17 September 1918; discharged to duty, 29 November 1918 (special blood donor's leave).

On special leave from France, 1 December, until 15 December 1918.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 17 December 1918 (debility after transfusion while on leave from France); discharged, and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Post Denison', 25 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 6 May 1919; discharged Adelaide (termination of period of enlistment), 15 June 1919.

Total war service: 2 years 340 days (of which 2 years 230 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 January 1965
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLLINS Joseph William

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