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Regimental number5031
Place of birthParramatta, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
AddressMarsden Street, Parramatta, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinFather, A Symonds, Marsden Street, Parramatta, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 5 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateDied of disease 2 September 1917
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialDurrington Cemetery (Grave No. 254), Wiltshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Elizabeth Ann SYMONDS, Marsden Street, Parramatta, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 5 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 31 August 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 21 October 1916. Taken on strength, 19th Bn, 17 November 1916.

Admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 July 1917 (trench feet); transferred by ambulance train to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 9 January 1917. Transferred to England, 11 January 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 13 January 1917. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 February 1917. Discharged to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 7 March 1917. Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 2 June 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, 20 June 1917; discharged, 5 July 1917; total treatment for venereal disease: 16 days.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 11 August 1917 (debility); died of disease (acute rheumatism), 2 September 1917.

Lt Percy D. Jones, 5th Training Bn, reported, 15 September 1917: 'Pte Symonds was in my Company in France and it is with deepest sympathy I make these few remarks, as he always proved to be such a good living and conscientious lad, and his loss to the Regiment will be felt very keenly by those who knew him. On Friday last I visited him in the Hospital, and on asking him if he was quite comfortable he replied that he was and appeared to be quite bright. The funeral was carried out with full Military Honours, the mourners being 20 men from his Company.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: , SYMONDS Arthur

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