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Jack HAMON

Regimental number662
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressGlanville Street, Glanville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 11.25"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E S Hamon, Glanville Street, Glanville, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, Signallers
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked. Those who enlisted in Western Australia embarked at Fremantle (date not recorded).
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 May 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Clarkson Ltd Roll of Honor (design commissioned but never made): watercolour painting now held in the State Archives of South Australia. The Roll takes the form of a stained glass window headed 'The Great War 1914-1919', with a dedication: 'In Memory of Employees of CLARKSON Ltd who fell in the Great War and in honour of those who left Australia to serve with the Australian Imperial Forces.' The Roll of names is surrounded by scrolls listing major battles, most of which are misspelled: Courtenay's Post, Passchendael, Bullencourt, Poziers, Villers Brettonneux.
Discharge date22 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, 12 February 1916, of being absent from parade: awarded 6 days' confined to camp.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 27 July 1916.

On Command, Signal School, Cassell, 2 September 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 1 October 1916.

On leave, 29 December 1916; rejoined Bn from leave, 18 January 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 19 August 1917 (debility); transferred to No 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital, 21 August 1917 (torticollis); to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 25 August 1917; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, 29 August 1917 (torticollis); to 25th General Hospital, Hardelot, 4 September 1917; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 18 October 1917; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 October 1917 (adenitis); to England, 23 October 1917, and admitted to 2nd Old Park Military Hospital, Canterbury; transferred to Military Hospital, Chatham, 10 November 1917 ; discharged on furlough, 30 November 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 15 December 1917.

Reclassified B 1A2, 19 December 1917.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, 24 December 1917 (influenza); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, 1 January 1918, and classified B 1A3.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Gaika', 12 May 1918 (for discharge: torticollis); discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 22 July 1918.

War service: 3 years 60 days (of which 2 years 230 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 June 1958
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAMON Jack

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