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Geoffrey Middleton ADAMSON

Regimental number665
Place of birthTanunda, South Australia
AddressKingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C H Adamson, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Discharge date5 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, Ismailia, 23 January 1916, of being late on parade: admonished.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 18 February 1916, of being improperly dressed on 0900 parade in that a button was undone: awarded 2 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline: while on sentry duty over 5 Piquet No 2 Outpost Company (1) talked; (2) used the words "Fuck the military": awarded 3 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 22 May 1916, of, having permission to fall out from parade temporarily, failed to return to his Company: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, Duntroon Plateau, 14 April 1916, of wilfully damaging his equipment, viz. cutting bottoms off breeches: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay, and confined to barracks for 7 days.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (shell shock), and admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance; transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 22 July 1916; transferred to No 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 24 July 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 25 July 1916; to Base Details ('fit'), 31 July 1916; found guilty, 19 August 1916, of appearing on 1330 parade without puttees: awarded 3 days' confined to camp; found guilty, 25 August 1916, of being absent without leave from 0900 parade: awarded 1 day's confined to camp; rejoined Bn, in the field, 29 August 1916.

On Command, Light Trench Mortar Battery, 8 October 1916; rejoined Bn, 9 October 1916.

Found guilty, 20 November 1916, of losing by neglect Government property, viz. Smallbox Respirator: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay, and replacement cost.

Admitted to 1st Anzac Rest Station, 30 December 1916 (septic right toes); rejoined Bn, 12 January 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 20 May 1917 (gun shot wound, right mastoid region and neck), and admitted to 8th Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 22 May 1917; to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 23 May 1917; to England, 24 May 1917, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 26 May 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 5 July 1917; discharged on furlough, 12 July 1917, to report to Command Depot, Codford, 26 July 1917; marched in to Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 4 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 September 1917; rejoined 32nd Bn, in the field, 11 September 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 May 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin), and transferred same day to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 27 May 1918.

Wounded in action (third occasion), 7 August 1918 (gassed shell), and admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 2 Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport, 8 August 1918; to Convalescent Depot, Havre, 16 August 1918; to Base Depot, 29 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 September 1918.

On leave to England, 19 October 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 6 November 1918.

Found guilty, 12 November 1918, of failing to appear on 1000 parade: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Transferred to AIF Administrative Headquarters, London, 13 December 1918; taken on strength, 17 December 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 January 1919 (gastric catarrh); discharged to duty, 15 January 1919.

Marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 28 January 1919.

Found guilty, 5 February 1919, of being absent without leave from 2000, 30 January, to 1600, 4 February 1919: awarded forfeiture of 12 days' pay; total forfeiture: 17 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of Poonah', 28 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 12 May 1919; discharged, 5 July 1919.

War service: 3 years 364 days (of which 3 years 177 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 February 1985
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAMSON Geoffrey Middleton

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