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Regimental number22033
Place of birthGalway, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMeekatharra Hotel, Meekatharra, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A. Connaughton, Kilreecle, Galway. Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 May 1917
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameEngineering Field Companies, General Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 21 March 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Butchery
FateReturned to Australia
Discharge date12 December 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 21 March 1918; disembarked London, England, 24 May 1918; marched in to Brightlingsea Training Depot, 31 May 1918; taken on strength of Signal Squadron Details and marched in to Clifton Training Depot, 1 July 1918; marched in to Biggleswade Training Depot, 21 August 1918.

Found guilty, Clifton, 8 December 1918, of leaving his room in dirty condition: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Found guilty, 8 January 1919, of being absent without leave from 10:00 pm, 6 January to 3:00 pm, 8 January 1919: awarded 3 days Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 9 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 January 1919; marched in to Abancourt, France, 29 January 1919; taken on strength of 3rd Depot Unit of Supply, 2 February 1919; detached to No 1 Group, Calais, 28 February 1919; taken on strength of 3rd Field Butchery, 1 March 1919; marched out to Base for return to Australia, 14 May 1919; granted leave from 21 May to 20 September 1919, without pay.

Commenced return to Australia, at his own expense, on board HT 'Ventura'; disembarked Sydney, 4 November 1919; discharged, 12 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medals stamp marked 'returned, 30 September 1924'.
SourcesNAA: B2455, CONNAUGHTON William

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