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Henry Nicholas Forbes WILLIAMS

Regimental number2227
Date of birth1888
Place of birthInvercargill, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelegraphist
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7.25"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinFather, W F Williams, 188 Maitland Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 29 August 1917
Discharge date11 December 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn at Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 19 August 1915 (gun shot wound, right thigh); admitted to 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, 24 August 1915; discharged to Ras el Tin Convalescent Hospital, 30 August 1915.

Admitted to Reception Hospital, Mustapha, 30 September 1915 (gonorrhoea); transferred to Convalescent Hospital, Cairo, 2 October 1915. Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 6 October 1915; transferred to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, 11 November 1915; discharged and admitted to Australian Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 3 February 1916. Rejoined unit, Serapeum, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Found guilty, 15 May 1916, of disobedience of orders in that he was absent from billet from 1400, 12 Mya, until 1530, 13 May 1916 (25.5. hours): awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 17 July 1916; promoted Corporal, 1 August 1916; Sergeant, 7 August 1916.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, 20 August 1916; transferred to 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital, 21 August 1916 (gonorrhoea); to Ambulance Train No 12, 23 August 1916, and admitted same day to 12th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 26 August 1916; discharged to duty, 22 November 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 94 days.

Rejoined Bn, 2 December 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 29 December1916; rejoined unit, 14 January 1917.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 24 January 1917.

On Command to 1st Division School, 27 February 1917; admitted to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, from On Command, 15 March 1917 (venereal disease); transferred to Ambulance Train No 29, 16 March 1917, and admitted same day to 2nd Red Cross Hospital (orchitis); transferred to 39th General Hospital, Rouen, 17 March 1917; discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 14 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 31 days.

Rejoined Bn, 23 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 5 May 1917 (gun shot wound, right shoulder, right leg and face), and admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 24th Stationary Hospital, Etaples,7 May 1917; to England, 13 May 1917, and admitted same day to 3rd London General Hospital. Discharged for return to Australia, 3 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Karoola', 29 August 1917.

Joined Special Service Unit, 25 May 1919, as Regimental Number 85743; embarked Sydney on board HT 'Willochra', 26 May 1919; disembarked London, 21 July 1919; returned to Australia on board HT 'Raranga', 8 September 1919; disembarked Sydney, 30 October 1919; discharged, 18 November 1919.

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

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