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Joseph Smethurst FENTON

Regimental number1112
Place of birthChadderton, Oldham, Lancashire, England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 9.25"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinSon, Victor J S Fenton, Batstones Point, Shepstone, Natal, South Africa
Previous military serviceServed in Matabeleland, South Africa, 1896-1907.
Enlistment date28 October 1914
Place of enlistmentAlbany, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 May 1917
Discharge date10 July 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 20 June 1915 (defective vision), and transferred to HMS 'Clacton', 20 June 1915 (dimness of vision); to 15th Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 21 June 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 30 June 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 17 October 1915; rejoined Bn, 5 November1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Lance Corporal, 17 February 1916.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 26 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 31 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 9 April 1916.

Admitted to 74th Field Ambulance, 29 June 1916 (bronchitis); transferred to 72nd Field Ambulance, 27 June 1916; to Divisional Rest Station, 29 June 1916; discharged to duty, 5 July 1916.

Admitted to No 1 New Zealand Field Ambulance, 18 July 1916 (rheumatism); transferred to 18th General Hospital (date not recorded); to No 6 Convalescent Hospital, 26 July 1916; to Base Depot, Etaples, 4 August 1916.

Appointed Acting Sergeant (with pay), 1 September 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, 2 September 1916 (myalgia), and reverted to Corporal; transferred to England, 7 September 1916, and admitted to Military Hospital, Chatham; discharged on furlough, 20 October 1916, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 4 November 1916.

Found guilty, Perham Downs, 8 November 1916, of being absent without leave from 3.30 pm, 4 November, till 12.15 pm, 7 November 1916: reprimanded, and forfeited 4 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 13 November 1916.

Admitted to Wareham Isolation Hospital, 23 January 1917 (mumps); marched in to No 4 Command Depot from hospital, 14 February 1917.

Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 March 1917.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 11 April 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Miltiades', 4 May 1917; medical report, 8th Australian General Hospital, Fremantle, noted 'Overage 46 years'; discharged (medically unfit: chronic rheumatism), Perth, 10 July 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FENTON Joseph Smethurst

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