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Christopher Augustus FARRELL

Regimental number4113
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address8 Moonta Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Vera May Farrell, 8 Moonta Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Discharge date12 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 10 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 18 May 1916.

Admitted to Stationary Hospital, Marseilles, 29 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Carcassone Camp, Marseilles, 19 September 1916 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); marched in to 2nd Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 22 September 1916.

Found guilty, 28 October 1916, of being out of bounds, 26 October 1916: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Transferred to 48th Bn, 29 October 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 November 1916; transferred to No 2 General Hospital, Havre, 21 November 1916 (myalgia); to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 24 November 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital. Etaples, 1 December 1916 (myalgia); transferred to England, 6 December 1916, and admitted to Tankerton VAD Hospital, Whitstable; discharged on furlough, 11 January 1917, to report to Command Depot, Perham Downs, 26 January 1917.

Admitted, while on leave, to Military Hospital, Endell Street, London, 18 January 1917; transferred to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 23 January 1917; to Rochester Row Hospital, 23 January 1917 (syphilis); transferred to Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, 14 March 1917; discharged to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 31 May 1917.; total peruiod of treatment for venereal disease: 129 days.

Found guilty, 30 March 1917, of being absent without leave, noon, 25 March, to 8 pm, 28 March 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks, and forfeiture of 4 days' pay.

Found guilty, 19 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 3.30 pm, 15 June, to 3.30 pm, 18 June 1917: awarded 5 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 4 days' pay.

Found guilty, 25 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 10 am, 19 June, till 8.30 pm, 20 June 1917: admonished, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, from furlough, 27 June 1917.

Marched out, under escort, to Overseas Training Depot, 21 July 1917.

Found guilty, 24 July 1917, of being absent without leave from 6 pm, 15 July, till 9.15 pm, 17 July 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 23 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 August 1917; rejoined 48th Bn, in the field, 16 September 1917.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 26 September 1917 (scabies); transferred to 50th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 September 1917 (inflammation of connective tissue: penis); to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 1 October 1917; to 26th General Hospital, 2 October 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 4 October 1917; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 26 October 1917; to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 25 November 1917; rejoined 48th Bn, in the field, 3 December 1917.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 10 March 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to 13th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 March 1918 (trench fever); to Ambulance Train, 30 March 1918, and admitted to 35th General Hospital, 31 March 1918; to England, 2 April 1918, and admitted to Barnet War Hospital, High Barnet; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 April 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 April 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 24 June 1918; discharged, 11 July 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 18 days.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 19 July 1918; discharged, 20 August 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 33 days.

Re-admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 21 August 1918; discharged, under escort, 22 August 1918.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, Fovant, 26 August 1918, on charges of (1) being absent without leave from 24 May until apprehended in London, 27 May 1918; (2) being absent without leave from 31 May to 21 June 1918; (3) being in possession of a false pass; pleaded Guilty to charges (1) and (2), Not Guilty to charge (3); found Guilty on all charges: awarded 90 days' detention, and forfeited a total of 184 days' pay.

Marched in to Lewes Detention Barracks, 4 September 1918; discharged from Detention Barracks to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, 11 November 1918.

Unexpired portion of sentence remitted as from 6 November 1918.

Court of Enquiry, No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 28 February 1919, decalred that No 4113 Pte Farrell C., 48th Bn, illegally absented himself from No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny 6/2/19 and that he is still absent.

Tried by District Court Martial, Sutton Veny, 25 March 1919, on charges of (1) being absent without leave from 12 November till apprehended in London, 830 am, 22 November 1918; (2) being absent without leave from 1700, 25 November, till apprehended at Strand, London, 8.30 am, 28 January 1919: (3) being absent without leave from 9 am, 6 February, till apprehended at Villiers Street, London, 1520, 13 March 1919; pleaded Not Guilty to all charges; found Guilty on all charges: awarded 5 months' detention and forfeiture of pay for period 25 March-7 April 1919.

Discharged from Lewes Detention Barracks, 21 July 1919. Sentence of 5 months' detention suspended from 21 July 1919.

Found guilty, Details Camp, Tidworth, 9 August 1919, of being absent without leave from 2359, 4 August, till 1400, 8 August 1919: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 8 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Euripides', 6 September 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 12 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 July 1951
SourcesNAA: B2455, FARRELL Christopher Augustus

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