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David Joseph GRENNAN

Regimental number21499
Place of birthKilbeggan, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSeaman
Address775 Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 8"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs E M Grenna, 775 Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 10 years in the Royal Navy.
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36A/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Discharge date4 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Argyllshire', 11 May 1916.

Found guilty at sea, 10 June 1916, of (1) being absent without leave for 4 hours, and (2) drunkenness: awarded 3 days' detention; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 July 1916.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 13 August 1916 (contusion, head); discharged to 9th Field Artillery Brigade, 25 August 1916. Transferred to 23rd Field Artillery Brigade, Larkhill, and taken on strength, 10 September 1916. Transferred to 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, 26 October 1916; taken on strength of 3rd Divisional Ammunition Sub-Park, 27 October 1916.

Found guilty at Bath, 20 November 1916, of being absent without leave for a period of 48 hours: awarded 3 days' confinement to barracks, fine of 3 days' pay; forfeited total of 5 days' pay.

Proceeded to France, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 28 November 1916 (gonorrhoea); transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 9 May 1917; discharged to duty, 14 May 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 168 days); marched into 5th Australian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples, 17 May 1917; moved out from depot, 23 May 1917; marched into Training Depot, Rouen, 24 May 1917; moved into the field, 8 June 1917; rejoined 3rd Divisional Ammunition Sub-Park from hospital, 12 June 1917.

Found guilty at Rouen, 4 June 1917, of being absent without leave, from reveille, 1 June, to 9.10 pm, 2 June 1917: awarded 7 days' confinement to barracks, fine of 3 days' pay; forfeited total of 5 days' pay; rated as Private, 20 October 1917.

Found guilty in the field, 8 December 1917, of neglecting to obey Company orders insofar as he kept a fire burning in a hut between the hours of 9.00 am and 3.00 pm, 6 December 1917: awarded 14 days' confinement to barracks; proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 25 February 1918.

Found guilty in Dublin, 9 March 1918, of drunkenness, 8 March 1918: awarded fine of 5 days' pay; rejoined unit from leave, 12 March 1918. Transferred to 3rd Australian Division Motorised Transport Company.

Found guilty in the field, 29 June 1918, of being absent without leave, 6.00 pm, 27 June, to 8.00 pm, 29 June 1918: awarded a fine of 14 days' pay; forfeited total of 16 days' pay; moved out from the field, 10 April 1919. Proceeded to England, 16 April 1919; disembarked Southampton, 17 April 1919; marched into No 5 Group, 17 April 1919.

Found guilty at Littlemoor, 13 May 1919, of being absent without leave, 10.00 pm, 13 May, to 11.30, 15 May 1919: awarded a fine of 3 days' pay, forfeited total of 6 days' pay.

Embarked Devonport on HT 'Beltana' and commenced return to Australia, 2 June 1919.

Found guilty at sea, 27 June 1919, of being absent without leave at Cape Town, 11.30 pm, 24 June, to 9.45 am, 25 June 1919: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 15 days' pay; disembarked Brisbane, 19 July 1919. Discharged Brisbane, 4 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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