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Thomas Joseph COLLINS

Regimental number1454
Place of birthLimerick, Co Limerick, Ireland
Address1 Isaac Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMrs S Dooley, 1 Isaac Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 September 1914
Place of enlistmentArarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1918
Discharge date22 June 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 1 February 1915; awarded 14 days? detention aborad ship (no further details recorded); taken on strength, 7th Bn, 12 March 1915.

Wounded in action (shrapnel wound to the head), Gallipoli Peninsula; admitted to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 1 May 1915, transferred to Convalescence Depot, Mustapha, 7 April 1915.

Court martialled for being absent without leave, out of bounds, and drunk in Alexandria: awarded 42 days? Field Punishment No 2, Mustapha, 20 May 1915.

Charged with being drunk and absent without leave and awarded 28 days? detention and fined 12/6, Mustapha, 27 June 1915.

Rejoined unit, Gallipoli Peninsula, 6 August 1915.

Court martialled for escaping custody while under escort and striking a person: awarded 56 days? Field Punishment No 2, Lemnos, 22 December 1915 (later quashed due to irregularities in the conduct of the court martial).

Embarked Lemnos for Alexandria, 1 January 1916.

Found guilty by a Field General Court Martial of being drunk while on active duty (when had been ordered to prepare to embark): awarded 18 months? imprisonment, Alexandria, 18 January 1916; struck off the strength of 7th Bn (due to sentence), Tel-el-Kebir, 24 January 1916.

Sentence suspended due to ?irregularities?, 26 March 1916 (later remitted, 12 December 1918); allotted to 15th Training Bn as a reinforcement for 59th Bn and sent to join the British Expeditionary Force in France; embarked Alexandria, 28 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 4 June 1916; marched into 1st Division Base Depot, Etaples, 7 June 1916; taken on strength 7th Bn, Etaples, 7 July 1916.

Wounded in action (shell shock) and admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 July 1916, evacuated to England and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 28 July 1916; marched into 1st Command Depot, Perham Downs, 28 August 1916

Marched out of 1st Command Depot, 19 September 1916, and taken on strength 7th Bn, England, 15 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 February 1917, disembarked Etaples, 16 July 1917; marched into 1st Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 16 July 1917; joined 7 Bn, 20 March 1917.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound left leg), 20 September 1917; admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 21 September 1917; transferred to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, 22 September 1917; evacuated to England and admitted to Military Hospital, Lewisham, 18 November 1917; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 January 1918.

Charged with failing to obey a lawful general order in being found in a hotel without a pass: awarded loss of one day?s pay, Hurdcott, 26 January, 1918.

Transferred to 3rd Command Depot, Hurdcott, 25 January 1918; transferred to 2nd Command Depot, Weymouth, 5 February 1918.

Charged with being drunk and creating a disturbance: awarded the loss of 14 days? pay, Hurdcott, 4 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia (invalid) on board HS ?Field Marshall?, 12 March 1918; re-embarked Durban, 28 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 22 May 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 22 June 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLLINS Thomas Joseph

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