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Leo Joseph DRURY

Regimental number52524
Date of birth3 March 1899
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFireman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19.4
Height5' 3.25"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMrs Drury, Box 30, Waverley, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 July 1918
Place of enlistmentChicago, Illinois, USA
Discharge date6 September 1920
Other details

War service: embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on board HT 'Durham Castle', 19 September 1918; disembarked Tilbury, England, 25 September 1918.

Allotted to 5th Bn, 3 October 1918.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Military Hospital, 31 October 1918 (tonsilitis); discharged from hospital, 27 November 1918 (influenza).

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 January 1919; taken on strength, 5th Bn, in the field, 1 February 1919.

Marched out to England, 23 May 1919; disembarked England, 24 May 1919.

Found guilty, 22 August 1919, of (1) drunkenness in Piccadilly Circus; (2) begging in Piccadilly Circus; (3) violently resisting arrest; (4) being absent without leave from 1-6 August 1919: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 26 days' pay.

Found guilty, Westminster Police Court, 23 September 1919, of begging: bound over under the sum of �£5 for 12 months.

Found guilty, 5 December 1919, of (1) being in London without a pass; (2) being absent without leave from 16-27 November 1919: awarded 10 days' detention.

Found guilty, 23 January 1920, of evading embarkation on 5 January 1920 and remaining absent intil 14 January 1920: awarded 28 days' detention.

Found guilty, Central Criminal Court, London, 2 March 1920, of robbery with violence: awarded 12 months' and 12 months' imprisonment with hard labour; sentences to run concurrently. Unexpired portion of sentence remitted, 16 July 1920, and embarked for return to Australia.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Barambah', 16 July 1920; disembarked Melbourne, 6 September 1920; discharged, 6 September 1920 ('services no longer required: unsatisfactory conduct; discharged as a bad character').

Not eligible for war medals.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DRURY Leo Joseph

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