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Walter Joseph FIELD

Regimental number6018
Date of birth6 March 1882
Place of birthLisburn, Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGroom
Address7 Chester Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 9"
Weight150. lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Field, 7 Chester Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed with the 3rd Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards, British Army.
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 January 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1919
Discharge date9 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Wiltshire', 22 August 1916; reported absent from embarkation, Cape Town, 21 September 1916; embarked HMT 'Itria', disembarked Plymouth, England, 20 October 1916; marched into No 3 Details Camp, Perham Downs, 30 October 1916; marched into 1st Training Bon, Parkhouse, 1 November 1916.

Found guilty at Durrington, 7 March 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 25 February, to 3.00 pm, 2 March 1917: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 14 days' pay; to be Acting Corporal, 1 May 1917. Found guilty at Durrington, 11 July 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 4 July, to 11.00 am, 19 July 1917: awarded reprimand; forfeited total of 2 days' pay. Found guilty, 12.00 am, 1 November, to 8.30 am, 12 November 1917: reverts to permanent rank of Private; forfeited total of 11 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 14 November 1917 (gonorrhoea); escaped from hospital, 24 December 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 41 days). Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 29 December 1917; discharged to duty, 2 January 1918 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 5 days); marched into Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 17 January 1918; marched out to unit, 19 January 1918; taken on strength of Reinforcements, 23 January 1918; attached to 1st Infantry Brigade Guard, 29 August 1918; appointed Lance Corporal, 1 September 1918. Disembarked Folkestone on active duty, 10 December 1918; attached for duty with Australian Artillery Ordnance Corps, 12 December 1918.

Found guilty, 13 February 1919, of being absent without leave, 8.45 am, 10 February 1919, to 8.45 am, 12 February 1919: reverts to lower rank; forfeited total of 2 days' pay; moved out to Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, 17 February 1919; granted leave, 17 February 1919; declared illegal absentee, 27 March 1919.

Found guilty, 17 October 1919, of being absent without leave in that he in London on 27 March 1919 absented himself without leave and remained so absent until apprehended by the Military Authorities in Leytonstone at 2.45 pm, 12 October 1919: awarded 6 months' detention. Sentence remitted, 15 November 1919, in that remainder of sentence to be served is remitted as from the date of embarkation for Australia.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Ypiranga', 15 November 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 January 1920. Discharged Sydney, 9 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FIELD Walter Joseph

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