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Regimental number6965
Date of birth1885
Place of birthSouthampton, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStone cutter
AddressGoulburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFriend, Thomas Dent, Clifford Street, Goulburn, New South Wales
Previous military serviceClaimed prior service, no details, with notation 'unlikely to become efficient'.
Enlistment date20 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Discharge date10 August 1919
Other details

War service: enlisted at Cootamundra, New South Wales. Embarked from Sydney, 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 January 1917. Proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone from 1st Training Bn, 25 April 1917; taken on strength, 1st Bn, 14 May 1917.

Found guilty, 27 September 1917, on being absent without leave from 9 am until 9.45 pm, 26 September 1917: awarded forfeiture of 7 days' pay and confinement to barracks for 7 days: total pay lost - 8 days.

To hospital, sick, 15 December 1917; invalided to England, 30 December 1917; admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 1 January 1918. Released from hospital, 8 January 1918, and granted furlough until 25 January 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny. Found guilty of being absent without leave from noon, 2 April, to noon, 3 April 1918: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay and confinement to barracks for 4 days. Admitted to hospital with ingrown toenail, 29 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 July 1918; marched in to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Le Havre, 12 July 1918; rejoined 1st Bn in the field, 16 July 1918.

Invalided to England, 27 August 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge, Birmingham (sinovitis, right knee, result of accidental injury). Discharged from hospital and granted furlough from 28 September until 12 October 1918. Contracted syphilis from a London protitute while on furlough; discharged from 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 11 November 1918, after 3 days' venereal disease treatment.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'City of York', 14 January 1919; contracted jaundice on board transport and admitted to ship's hospital, 21 February 1919 (condition regarded as 'aggravated by service'). Disembarked in Sydney, 5 March 1919; discharged, 10 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died of self-inflicted wounds while intoxicated, Weetangera Road Workmen's Camp.
Date of death30 August 1926
Age at death41
Place of burialSt John's Churchyard (Section A, Row 7, Grave No. 311: no headstone), Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

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