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Paul Richard DAWSON

Regimental number3136
Place of birthNew York, NY, USA
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address10 Sydney Street, Erskineville, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 4.75"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs L Dawson, 4 Sydney Street, Erskineville, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in St George's Rifles, Citizen Military Forces (resigned).
Enlistment date11 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 June 1915
Place of enlistmentliverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3136A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateDischarged on account of desertion 1 April 1920
Discharge date1 April 1920
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2720 Pte Henry Constantine DAWSON, 45th Bn, killed in action, 7 April 1918; 6548 Hughie Francis Carlin DAWSON, 17th Bn, discharged on account of desertion, 1 April 1920; Pte 19362 Sapper John Owen DAWSON, 1st Signal Squadron Engineers, returned to Australia, 30 August 1918; 3136 Pte Paul Richard DAWSON, 45th Bn, discharged on account of desertion, 1 April 1920; 17967 Sapper Samuel DAWSON, Anzac Mounted Division Train, returned to Australia, 26 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Bn, 6 January 1916.

Transferred to 53rd Bn, 13 February 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 14 February 1916 (influenza); discharged to unit, 15 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 45th Bn, 31 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 26 July 1916 (abscess on leg); transferred to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 1 August 1916; discharged to duty, 6 August 1916.

Wounded, 15 August 1916 (sprained back, buried); admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 17 August 1916, and transferred to Ambulance Train No 29; admitted to 23rd General Hospital, Etaples, 17 August 1916; transferred to England, 19 August 1916, and admitted same day to Colchester General Military Hospital. Admitted to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 4 September 1916.

Found guilty, Perham Downs, 23 September 1916, of being absent without leave from 3 pm, 19 September, until he reported back at 4 pm, 20 September 1916: awarded 2 days confined to camp, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Attached from No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, and posted to War Chest, London, 1 February 1917.

Detached from attachment, 18 April 1917; transferred to 63rd Bn, 27 April 1917.

Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, 9 June 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 5 May 1917; escaped from hospital, 5 July 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 62 days.

Court of Enquiry, London, 11 July 1918, declared soldier to be an illegal absentee.

Discharged from the AIF, 1 April 1920, on account of desertion.

War medals: forfeited eligibility for medals on account of desertion.

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