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Regimental number2171
Place of birthDundalk, Co Louth, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHorse shoer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Duffy, Dundalk, South Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentS/SMITH
Unit name3rd Field Artillery Brigade, Military District 3 and Military District 6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A2 Geelong on 19 September 1914
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board TRANSPORT A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollShoeing Smith
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Discharge date23 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front. Joined Mediterran Expeditionary Force, 1 March 1915.

Found guilty of (1) On 30 September 1915, at Zateriah, Egypt, conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2;. (2) On 5 October 1915, at Zalria, Egypt, absent from duty from 0920 to 1035: awarded stoppage of one week's leave; (3) On 5 November 1915, in Egypt, for failing to appear for parades at place appointed by his Commanding Officer:awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force; disembarked Marseilles, 29 March 1916. Taken on strength, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, in France, 15 May 1916.

Hospitalised, 12 July 1916, with a broken jaw; Commanding Officer states 'this man was on duty at the time of accident and is in no way to blame'. Admitted to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England, 19 July 1916. Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Woolwich, from No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, England. A Court of Inquiry is noted in the record but neither date nor place identified. Proceeded overseas to France, 12 December 1917. To hospital, sick, 17 February 1918; discharged to Base Depot from Line of Communication and admitted with venereal disease. Discharged to duty, 1 June 1918: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 34 days.

Commenced return to Australia from London on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 23 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 25 December 1918; discharged Melbourne, 23 February 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DUFFY James

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