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Regimental number2417
Place of birthKilcommon, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressRosewood via Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, David Gorman, Kilcommon, Tipperary, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 May 1916
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date1 April 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 30 September 1916.

Found guilty, at sea, 10 October 1916, of disobeying an order of a Commanding Officer: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 November 1916.

Found guilty, Hurdcott, 2 December 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight, 28 November to 7:00 am, 30 November 1916: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 8 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 December 1916; marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 22 December 1916; marched out to unit, 6 December 1917; taken on strength of 55th Bn, 8 February 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 15 June 1917 (PUO); to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 June 1917; to 3rd General Hospital, Le Treport, 4 July 1917; to No 3 Convalescent Depot, 10 July 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 17 July 1917.

Marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 18 July 1917; marched out to unit, 31 July 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 1 August 1917.

Found guilty, 5 September 1917, of disobedience: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 28 September 1917; admitted to 37th Field Ambulance and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 29 September 1917 (shrapnel wound to hand); to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 30 September 1917; to England, 5 October 1917; admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, England, 5 October 1917; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 10 October 1917; discharged from hospital and granted leave, 16 October to 30 October 1917.

Failed to report to Base and declared absent without leave, 30 October 1917; declared illegal absentee, 22 November 1917.

Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 1 April 1920 in consequence of desertion: forfeited pay, 30 October to 1 April 1920.

Medals: none (not eligible for War Medals)
SourcesNAA: B2455, GORMAN James

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