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Joseph William FLEET

Regimental number95
Place of birthLittlehampton, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressRalston Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 6.5"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Frederick Benjamin Fleet, Ralston Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 29 October 1918
Discharge date20 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1918.

Found guilty, 20 December 1915, of overstaying leave from 1700 hours, until 2015 hours: award, forfeits 2 days' pay.

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

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916; admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, 20 July 1916 (gunshot wound, right side back); transferred to No 7 Ambulance Train from No 8 Casualty Clearing Station, 21 July 1916; to No 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, 22 July 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulonge, 23 July 1916; to Base Details (class A), Boulogne, 24 July 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Depot, Etaples, 25 July 1916.

Marched out to unit, 8 August 1916; rejoined 32nd Bn, 15 August 1916.

Admitted to No 5 Field Ambulance, 20 October 1916 (influenza); transferred No 3 Stationary Hospital, 21 October 1916; to S.M.P. Casualty Clearing Station, 21 October 1916 (balanitis); to No 22 Ambulance Train, 21 October 1916; to No 2 Convalescent Depot from No 8 General Hospital, Rouen, 22 October 1916; to Base Details (class A), Rouen, 30 October 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 1 November 1916.

Marched out to unit, 22 November 1916; rejoined 32nd Bn, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, 28 December 1916 (myalgia); discharged to duty from Anzac Corps Rest Station, 14 January 1917, and rejoined 32nd Bn the same day.

Admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 13 February 1917 (scabies), and transferred to 1st Anazac Corps Rest Station, the same day; discharged to duty, 3 March 1917; rejoined 32nd Bn, 4 March 1917.

Detached to 3rd Australian Summer Rest Camp, 24 June 1917; rejoined unit, 8 July 1917.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, 19 July 1917 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 22 July 1917 (not yet diagnosed); to Ambulance Train, 29 July 1917; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, 30 July 1917 (appendicitis); to England, 10 August 1917; to Bethnal Green Military Hospital, 11 August 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 1 October 1917; discharged and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 October 1917.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 12 December 1917.

Classified B.1.B.

Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 6 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 February 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 22 February 1918.

Marched out to unit, 24 February 1918; rejoined 32nd Bn, 28 February 1918.

Admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, 10 March 1918 (adenitis); discharged and rejoined unit, 16 March 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 25 March 1918 (tonsillitis); transferred to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 25 March 1918; to No 26 Ambulance Train, 25 March 1918; to No 9 Canadian Stationary Hospital, 26 March 1918; to No 41 Ambulance Train, 15 April 1918; to No 3 General Hospital, Le Treport, 16 April 1918; to No 3 Convalescent Depot, Le Treport, 20 April 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 28 April 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 10 May 1918.

Marched out to unit, 17 May 1918; rejoined 32nd Bn, 3 June 1918.

Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 9 June 1918 (abdominal adhesions); transferred to No 47 Casualty Clearing Station, 11 June 1918; to No 8 Ambulance Train, 11 June 1918; to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 12 June 1918; to England, 14 June 1918; to County of Middlesex War Hospital, St Albans, 15 June 1918; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 27 July 1918; discharged and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 September 1918 (class C2).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 20 October 1918; disembarked Adelaide, 16 December 1918; discharged (medically unfit, abdominal adhesion), Adelaide, 20 April 1919.

Total war service: 3 year 275 days (of which 3 years 29 days were abroad).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 August 1935
SourcesNAA: B2455, FLEET Joseph William

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