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Thomas BAER

Regimental number155
Place of birthLappo, Finland
ReligionLutheran
OccupationHorse driver
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height6' 1"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinMother, Hilda Baer, Nango, Finland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateDischarged 8 January 1919
Other details

War service: admitted to hospital, Malta, 4 May 1915; transferred to Convalescent Camp, 4 June 1915; to Pembroke Camp, 19 June 1915. Admitted to Military Hospital, Forrest, Malta, 2 August 1915 (gonnorrhea); discharged, 31 August 1915; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 30 days. Embarked from Alexandria for Gallipoli, 18 October 1915. Found guilty, Mudros, of being absent from 6.30 am parade, 24 November 1915: awarded 24 hours' detention, forfeited 1 day's pay.

Transferred to DBI Hospital, Abbassia, 10 January 1916; discharged to duty, 21 January 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 15 days. Taken on strength, 14th training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916; joined 54th Bn, 24 July 1916. Promoted Corporal, 1 September 1916. on leave to United Kingdom, 7 December 1916; rejoined Bn from leave, 22 February 1917. Promoted Sergeant, 26 February 1917. Admitted to 5th Division Rest Station, 26 February 1917 (influenza); rejoined Bn, 7 March 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 13 May 1917 (trench fever); transferred to 2nd Australian General Hospital, 20 May 1917; to England, 22 May 1917, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital. Granted furlough, 29 June-13 July 1917, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 July 1917. Found guilty of (1) absent without leave, noon, 14 September, to 12.10 am, 18 September 1917; (2) absent from 9 am parade, 20 September 1917: severely reprimanded, forfeited 5 days' pay.

Admitted to Sutton Veney Hospital, 22 January 1918 (contused right thigh and muscles); discharged to Overseas Training Depot, 8 February 1918. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 24 May 1918; discharged, 27 May 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 4 days.

Granted 75 days' leave with pay in England, 30 October 1918-13 January 1919.

Discharged from the AIF in London in consequence of being demobilised, 8 January 1919.

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

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