|Place of birth||Kilmore, Victoria|
|School||Kilmore Catholic College, Victoria|
|Address||150 Pelham Street, Carlton, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, B Durkin, Sydney Street, Kilmore, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||6th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/23/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||6th Battalion|
|Age at death||24|
|Place of burial||St John Churchyard (Row B, Grave No 18), Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England|
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Bartholomew and Clara DURKIN|
Admitted to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 8 May 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Cairo, 15 June 1916; discharged, 15 August 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 100 days.
Embarked Alexandria, 27 August 1916; disembarked England (date not recorded).
Proceeded on furlough, 14 September 1916; reported back to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, from furlough, 30 September 1916; marched into 2nd Training Bn, No 3 Camp, Perham Downs, 30 October 1916.
Appointed Acting Corporal, 24 October 1917.
Found dead in Lewis Gun Hut, No 2 Camp, 27 November 1917; buried in Sutton Veny Churchyard, 1 December 1917.
Coroner's Court held at Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, 29 November 1917, returned a verdict of death by a self-inflicted wound during a period of temporary insanity.
Several days later 'a soldier in the adjoining hut made a report inculpating [296A Acting Corporal V.] Asser', who was subsequently tried by Civil Court at the Assizes, Devizes, found guilty of murder, and subsequently hanged on 5 March 1918.Medal: British War Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, DURKIN Joseph Harold|