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Victor Holmes FARMER

Regimental number2155
Place of birthCharters Towers, Queensland
True NameDEACON, Victor Holmes
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressTomingley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Farmer, Bodangora via Wellington, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 April 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 19 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Discharge date3 October 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 19 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 December 1916; joined 54th Bn, in the field, 24 December 1916.

Admitted to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 6 February 1917 (balanitis); transferred to Ambulance Train No 6, 9 February 1917, and admitted to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 10 February 1917 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 February 1917 (debility); to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 16 February 1917 (change of diagnosis: bronchitis); discharged to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 19 February 1917; transferred to England, 9 March 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, King's Heath Section, Birmingham (debility: severe); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 24 March 1917; discharged on furlough, 27 March 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 11 April 1917.

Marched in to Infantry Depot, Perham Downs, 23 April 1917.

Marched out to 17th Brigade, Windmill Hill, 25 April 1917.

Transferred to 62nd Bn, 25 April 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 19 October 1917.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 24 October 1917.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital, 13 November 1917 (bronchitis); discharged same day to No 1 command Depot.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital, 4 February 1918 (circumcision); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, 6 March 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, 10 May 1918.

Statutory Declaration, 21 May 1918, stated true name to be Victor Holmes DEACON.

Married Maude Beatrice DELAMORE, widow, aged 26, The Register Office, West Bromwich, 20 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kigoma', 20 May 1920; disembarked Sydney, 18 July 1920; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 3 October 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee 678 Victor Holmes DEACON for first period of service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FARMER Victor Holmes

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