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Regimental number2222
Place of birthTippeaine, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGlobe Hotel, Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 9"
Weight163 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Harding, Globe Hotel, Rockhampton, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 January 1916
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Pioneer Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A46 Clan MacGillivray on 3 May 1916
Discharge date30 October 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Clan MacGillivray', 3 May 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 13 June 1916. Transferred to 5th Pioneer Bn, Moascar, 16 June 1916; taken on strength of unit, 17 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Canada' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 June 1916.

Found guilty in the field, 5 August 1916, of being absent without leave, 12.00 pm, 4 August, to 3.45 pm, 4 August 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2; detached to Anzac Light Railway Company, 7 January 1917.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 26 March 1917 (dental complications); transferred to 5th Divisional Receiving Station, 26 March 1917; to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 April 1917; to Ambulance Train, 27 April 1917; admitted to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 28 April 1917 (rheumatism). Embarked Rouen on HS 'France' and proceeded to England for further treatment, 14 May 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road, 15 May 1917; discharged on furlough, 4 June 1917.

Found guilty at Weymouth, 23 June 1917, of being absent without leave, 6.00 pm, 19 June 1917, until apprehended at 9.30 am, 21 June 1917: awarded 7 days' confinement to barracks; forfeited total of 3 days' pay.

Found guilty at Monte Video, 26 June 1917, of (1) failing to answer defaulter's roll call at 8.00 pm and 8.30 pm, (2) being in canteen during prohibited hours, and (3) insolence to Military Police: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Demosthenes', 27 July 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 24 September 1917, for onward travel to 1st Military District. Discharged Brisbane, 30 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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