|Place of birth||Morpeth, New South Wales|
|Address||West Maitland, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Adopted Mother, Miss Annie Soorley, Cohen Street, Horse Shoe Bend, West Maitland, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served in the 14th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Maitland, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||34th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/51/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||34th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 2 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 23 June 1916.
Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 15 October 1916; discharged, 19 December 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 66 days.
Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916; rejoined 34th Bn, in the field, 5 January 1917.
Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 28 January 1917; transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 30 January 1917 (gonorrhoea); to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 31 January 1917; to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 31 January 1917; marched in to 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, 29 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 92 days.
Rejoined 34th Bn, in the field, 8 May 1917.
Wounded in action, Messines, Belgium, 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm), admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; to 4th General Hospital, Camiers, 9 June 1917 (arm amputated); to England, 20 June 1917, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich, 21 June 1917 (further amputation of arm). Transferred to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 27 October 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 24 October 1917.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 20 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 13 February 1918, for overland travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), 9 August 1918.
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Committed suicide (shooting), 17 September 1918.Originally denied burial in consecrated ground; following the deputy coroner's finding of temporary insanity, the Bishop of Maitland permitted reburial in the Catholic portion of the West Maitland Cemetery.
|Miscellaneous details||Adopted mother's name incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Annir SOOLEY.|
|Date of death|
|Age at death||23|
|Place of burial||West Maitland Cemetery, New South Wales|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, HACKETT Reginald James
'Maitland Mercury', 19 September 2008.