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William James CORRIGAN

Regimental number1536
Place of birthWaverley, New South Wales
True NameQUIRK
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Corrigan, 33 Fort Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 November 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMATA49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1374
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Discharge date1 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 5389 Pte Ernest James QUIRK, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 25 January 1919; 961 Pte Maurice QUIRK, 19th Bn, killed in action, 7 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallpoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Absent without leave, 9 May 1916; rejoined Bn, 19 May 1916.

Detached to Summer Rest Camp, 13 August 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 August 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 25 September 1917.

Missing, absent without leave, 7 October 1917; rejoined Bn, 22 October 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 26 November 1917, on charge of when on Active Service, deserting His Majesty's Service, 7 October 1917 (absent from 1500, 7 October, till 2315, 15 October 1917); found Not Guilty of desertion, but Guilty of being absent without leave: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2.

By sworn declaration, 29 May 1918, assumed true name of William John QUIRK.

Wounded in action, 8 June 1918 (shrapnel wound, upper right arm); admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 9 June 1918; transferred same day to 15th Casualty Clearing Station; to 2nd Australian General Hospital, 11 June 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 16 June 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 29 June 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 5 July 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 12 August 1918 (debility), and transferred same day to 55th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 21, 13 August 1918, and admitted to 47th General Hospital, Le Treport, 13 August 1918; transferred to Convalescent Depot, 26 August 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 10 October 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 13 October 1918.

Re-allotted Regimental Number 1374.

On leave to United Kingdom, 7 November 1918; rejoined Bn, 5 December 1918.

Found guilty, 23 December 1918, of being absent without leave from 2100, 20 December, until reporting back at 1545, 21 December 1918: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 8 days' pay.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, England, 3 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kashmir', 9 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 23 April 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 1 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsTrue next of kin: Mrs Mary QUIRK, wife, 26 Thorne Street, Paddington, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, CORRIGAN William James

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