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Benjamin Joseph CURRAN

Regimental number254
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressRockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 11"
Next of kinMother, Mrs Bridgett Curran, Yarmin via Gladstone, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll254B
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 September 1917
Discharge date29 December 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Sydney, 13 May 1916; disembarked, Devonport, England, 19 July 1916; allotted as reinforcement to 31st Bn, 6 September 1916; proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 11 November 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 12 November 1916; marched out to unit, 29 November 1916; taken on strength of 31st Bn, Field, 1 December 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance (gastritis), 21 April 1917; to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 21 April 1917; to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 April 1917; to 16th Ambulance Train, 27 April 1917; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 28 April 1917; transferred to England, 13 May 1917; admitted to War Hospital, Bath, England, 14 May 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 20 August 1917; discharged to Weymouth Command Depot, 22 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic' for discharge, 27 September 1917; disembarked, Melbourne, 18 November 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 29 December 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CURRAN Benjamin Joseph

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