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William James DOWN

Regimental number2020
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
OccupationIron moulder
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 7.5"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Catherine Mary Down, George Street off Studley Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on account of being medically unfit)
Enlistment date25 October 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 October 1916
Discharge date29 January 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, England.

Embarked Adelaide, 7 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 11 March 1916.

Allotted to 32nd Bn from 8th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916, and taken on strength of 32nd Bn the same day.

Admitted to No 15 Australian Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 10 May 1916 (rheumatism); discharged, 17 May 1916; rejoined unit, 18 May 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Moascar, 29 May 1916 (chronic lumbago and cardiac weakness); transferred to No 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 29 May 1916; to Ambulance Train, 31 May 1916; to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 31 May 1916; embarked for England, 24 June 1916; to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 3 July 1916 (debility); to Huskards Ingatestone, Essex, 7 July 1916 (lumbago and debility); to No 2 Australia Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 15 September 1916; to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 28 September 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Portland on board HT 'Ajana', 17 October 1916 (senility and retention of urine); disembarked Adelaide, 5 December 1916; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 29 January 1917.

Total war service: 1 year 97 days (of which 303 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death not attributed to war service.
Date of death9 January 1937
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOWN William James

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