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Nathaniel Alexander Staples GREER

Regimental number2210
Place of birthGreystones, Co Wicklow, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTemora, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 8.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Thomas Greer, Curglasson, Stewart Town, Tyrone, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 38th South Staffordshire Regiment, British Army.
Enlistment date9 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 June 1916
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 April 1918
Discharge date7 August 1918
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War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Port Sydney', 4 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 29 October 1916.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS 'Princess Henrietta', 14 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 15 December 1916; taken on strength of 56th Bn in the field, 23 December 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 22 March 1917, and transferred to 5th Divisional Receiving Station (put under observation); rejoined unit from hospital, 9 April 1917.

Found guilty in the field, 6 July 1917, of being absent from parade, 8.30 am, 6 July 1917: awarded extra parade duties of 2 hours for 4 days.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 23 September 1917, and transferred to 5th Divisional Receiving Station (shrapnel wound, left side); to 3rd Field Ambulance, 4 October; to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 5 October 1917 (gun shot wound, chest). Embarked on HS 'Carisbrook Castle' and proceeded to England for further treatment, 7 October 1917; admitted to No 2 Military Hospital, Canterbury, 8 October 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 10 October 1917; discharged on furlough, 15 October 1917. Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 30 October 1917 (classified B1a3); reclassified B1a4, Hurdcott, 7 November 1917; reclassified a3, Hurdcott, 17 November 1917; marched into Longbridge Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 21 November 1917; moved out from Training Brigade, 8 March 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 9 March 1918 (classified C1a); moved out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 14 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Suevic', 21 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 7 June 1918, for onward travel to 2nd Military District. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Sydney, 7 August 1918 (chronic rheumatism).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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