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Gordon Jeffery HARD

Regimental number1281
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
OccupationBread carter
Address5 Derby Street, Leederville, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.75"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S E Hard, Osborne Park PO, Osborne Park, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
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.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 June 1918
Discharge date2 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

Admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, 18 January 1916 (dental deficiency); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 31 January 1916.

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

Reported missing in Action, 20 July 1916.

Subsequently reported Prisoner of War in Germany (gun shot wound, left arm).

Transferred to Holland; arrived 2 January 1918.

Arrived England, 7 January 1918; admitted to Albert Hall Military Hospital, Nottingham (wound, left arm: severe); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 20 February 1918; discharged on furlough, 28 February 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 28 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Matutua', 17 June 1918 (for discharge: gun shot wound, left arm); disembarked Fremantle, 8 August 1918; discharged, Perth, 2 March 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 February 1926
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARD Gordon Jeffery

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