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Charles DEVLIN

Regimental number4769
Place of birthBallina, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 2.75"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Devlin, 10 Summer Street, South Side, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 October 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Discharge date2 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Found guilty, at sea, 29 March 1916, of breaking away from route march and being absent without leave: awarded 168 hours detention and forfeited 8 days' pay.

Disembarked Egypt, 10 April 1916.

Found guilty, 12 April 1916, of being absent without leave from 6:00 am, 11 April to 6:00 am, 12 April 1916: awarded 8 days' confined to Camp and forfeited 8 days' pay.

Attached to Reinforcements for 7th Bn, Tel el Kabir, 27 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 30 May 1916; marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 7 June 1916.

Found guilty, 13 July 1916, of (1) drunkenness, (2) striking an Officer and (3) using obscene language: awarded 1 year Imprisonment with hard labour; admitted to Military Prison, 29 July 1916; released from prison, 12 July 1917.

Marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 14 July 1917; taken on strength of 6th Bn, in the field, 31 July 1917.

Wounded in action and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound to right thigh); transferred to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 21 September 1917; to England, 16 October 1917; admitted to Guildford War Hospital, England, 16 October 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 December 1917; discharged from hospital and granted leave, 4 January 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 5 February 1918 (sick); discharged from hospital to report to Headquarters for duty, 26 February 1918.

District Court Marshal held in Warwick, 23 April 1918: charge: being absent without leave in that he failed to report for duty at Administration Headquarters at 5:00 am, 9 March 1918, until surrendering to Military Police in London, 13 April 1918; pleaded guilty, found guilty: sentenced to 100 days' detention and forfeited 145 days' pay.

Admitted to Lewes Detention Barracks and discharged to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 24 June 1918; marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 26 June 1918.

Found guilty, 23 August 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight, 16 August to 9:00 pm, 17 August 1918: recommended for dismissal.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 28 September 1918.

Found guilty, 11 December 1918, of failing to mount guard at 3:00 pm after being warned: awarded 5 days' confined to Barracks.

Reported absent without leave, but later returned, 27 December 1918.

District Court Marshal held at No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 January 1919: charge: being absent without leave from 11:59 pm, 20 December 1918 until apprehended by Military Police at 7:40 am, 9 January 1919; pleaded guilty, found guilty: sentenced forfeiture of 90 days' pay.

Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 5 February 1919.

Found guilty, 30 March 1919, of (1) evading embarkation and (2) being absent without leave from 2:00 pm, 30 March to 8:00 am, 11 April 1919: awarded 14 days' detention and forfeited 26 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Sardinia', from Devonport, 19 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 8 June 1919; discharged, 2 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medal stamps marked 'returned, 10 May 1923'.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DEVLIN Charles

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