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Samuel GOURLEY

Regimental number6214
Place of birthBallyskeagh, Newtownards, Co Down, Ireland
SchoolBallyrogan National School, Newtownards, Co Down, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressBiggenden, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Agnes Gourley, Greengrave, Dundonald, County Downs, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed in the Ulster Volunteers, Ireland, for 3 months.
Enlistment date2 March 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A75 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateDied of disease 26 May 1918
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot III, Row A, Grave No. II), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
104
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Agnes GOURLEY, 48 Vicarage Street, Belfast, Ireland. Native of Ballyskeagh, Newtownards, Co. Down, Ireland. Cemetery details show date of death as 26th May, 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 27 October 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917. Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 16 January 1917; discharged, 12 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 56 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917; taken on strength, 25th Bn, 2 May 1917.

Proceeded on English leave, 10 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 2 March 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 26 May 1918, and transferred same day to 61st Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of disease (pneumonia), 26 May 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GOURLEY Samuel

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