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John Francis GAVIN

Regimental number1512
Place of birthKilbrush, Co Clare, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressRavenswood Junction via Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 11"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs T O'Brien, Ravenswood Junction via Townsville, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 April 1915
Place of enlistmentCunnamulla, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 January 1918
Discharge date21 May 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 9 January 1916.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, Ismailia, 14 February 1916 (sick); discharged and rejoined Bn, 19 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Found guilty, 17 July 1916, of being absenting himself from Billet on 15 July 1916: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action and admitted to Liverpool Merchant's Hospital, Etaples, 29 July 1916 (gun shot wound to chest); transferred to England, 2 August 1916; admitted to East Leeds War Hospital, England, 3 August 1916; discharged from hospital and marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 September 1916.

Granted leave, 15 September 1916; marched in, from leave, to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 30 September 1916; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 17 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Osterley', 31 January 1918; disembarked Sydney, 15 April 1918; discharged, 21 May 1918 (medically unfit: gun shot wound to chest).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GAVIN John Francis

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