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Regimental number2340
Place of birthWaterford, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAlfred Street, Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 8"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Edith May Collum, Alfred Street, Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military service9 years, RAA; 10 years, Militia Forces
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 February 1917
Discharge date16 May 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 5 October 1915; no disembarkation details; allotted to and proceeded to join 12th Bn, Zeitoun, Egypt, 1 Mach 1916; joined Bn, Railhead, 1 March 1916; taken on strength of 52nd Bn, Serapeum, 2 April 1916; transferred to 13th Training Bn, 31 May 1916.

Proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 21 October 1916 (diabetes); transferred to England, 26 October 1916; admitted to Military Hospital, Dover, England, 27 October 1916; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 30 October 1916; discharged from hospital and marched in to Weymouth Command Depot, 21 November 1916.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Benalla', from Plymouth, 13 February 1917; (no disembarkation details); discharged, Brisbane, 16 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLLUM Hugh

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