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Joseph FAY

Regimental number208
Place of birthSydney, New South wales
Other NamesJames Joseph
ReligionChurch of England
Address199 Enmore Road, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 9"
Weight259 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Fay, 199 Enmore Road, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1917

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Discharge date18 October 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Promoted 2nd Lt, Gallipoli, 1 October 1915.

Transferred to B Company, 1 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 1 February 1916; transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 7 February 1916; returned to duty, 12 February 1916.

Promoted Lt, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Sent Congratulatory Message: 'The Army Corps Commander wishes to thank all concerned in the very successful raids which have been carried out during the week. A brief summary of the events is given below ... (b) On the night of the 25/26 June another successful raid was carried out by a party of 6 officers and 65 other ranks of the 5th Australian Infantry Brigade who had volunteered for the work. The enemy trenches were entered ... and 4 prisoners were taken. It is estimated that 20 of the enemy were killed.'

Wounded in action, 8 November 1916 (gun shot wound, face), and admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 10 November 1916; to england, 22 November 1916, and admitted same day to 3rd London General Hospital (wound: severe); transferred to Cobham Hall Hospital, 26 February 1917; to 6th Auxiliary Hospital, 20 July 1917; discharged, 21 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 21 July 1917; disembarked Melbourne for onward travel to Sydney; appointment terminated, 18 October 1917.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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