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Regimental number6250
Place of birthLimerick, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address6 Tollie Street, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 2"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Donlay, 6 Tollie Street, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1917
Discharge date21 January 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 October 1916; marched in to 1st Training Bn, Larkhill, 8 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 February 1917; marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 4 February 1917; taken on strength of 2nd Bn, 12 February 1917; marched out to Summer Rest Camp, 27 May 1917; rejoined unit from Rest Camp, 10 June 1917; sent to Base, 6 August 1917 (medically unfit); marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 8 August 1917; classified 'PB' by Medical Board, 13 August 1917 (old age and rheumatism); marched out to England, 21 August 1917; marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, England, 22 August 1917; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 September 1917; marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 21 September 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 19 October 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 15 December 1917; discharged, 21 January 1918 (medically unfit: old age and rheumatism).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DONLAY Edward

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