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William James DAILEY

Regimental number2409
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.25"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Dailey, Dunedin, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column (Sept-Oct 1914)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Discharge date16 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 1 March 1915 [but did not serve at Gallipoli].

Found guilty, Alexandria, 2 July 1915, of disobeying a lawful command given by a superior officer in the execution of his duty: awarded 7 days' detention.

Admitted to 15th General Hospital, Abbassia, 9 July 1915; transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 15 July 1915; discharged, 16 August 1915; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 39 days.

Transferred to 7th Battery, Zabrich, 27 August 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 21 August 1916 (gun shot wound, right thigh), and admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, and then to Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to England, 27 August 1916, and admitted to County of London Hospital, Epsom, 28 August 1916; discharged from 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, on furlough, 31 October 1916, to report to Command Depot, Perham Downs, 16 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, and marched into Base Depot, Etaples, 27 February 1917.

Transferred to 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 12 March 1917.

On leave to England, 24 September 1918; rejoined unit in Belgium from leave, 9 October 1917.

Admitted to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 July 1918 (diarrhoea); transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 31 July 1918; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 8 August 1918; to England, 10 August 1918, and admitted to Graylingwell Hospital, Chichester, 11 August 1918 (diarrhoea: slight); discharged on furlough, 17 August 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, 31 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 20 October 1918 (Submarine Guard duty); disembarked Adelaide, 15 December 1918, for onward travel by rail to Melbourne; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 16 February 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 April 1950
Place of burialTower Hill Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAILEY William James

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