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Thomas HARRINGTON

Regimental number5803
Place of birthElphin, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationRailway worker
AddressSunbury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 7.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Harrington, Martry, Elphin, Co Roscommon, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Employment Company
FateReturned to Australia 31 December 1918
Discharge date9 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front.

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT ‘Ayrshire’, 3 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 September 1916; marched into 2nd Training Bn, 2 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 September 1918; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 19 September 1916; moved into the field, 28 September 1916; taken on strength, 7th Bn, 29 September 1916.

Taken ill in the field, 15 October 1916; admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 October 1916 (knee, old injury); discharged to duty, 17 October 1916; rejoined unit from hospital, 18 October 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 11 November 1916; transferred to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 November 1916; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 29 November 1916; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 5 December 1916; moved into the field, 7 February 1917; marched into 1st Anzac Headquarters, Etaples, 5 February 1917; moved out to 1st Divisional Headquarters, 29 September 1917; marched under escort into 1st Divisional Headquarters, 29 November 1917 (no disciplinary action taken); moved out from headquarters, 15 January 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 18 January 1918.

Transferred to Australian Employment Company, Havre, 8 March 1918; taken on strength of unit, 12 March 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearance Station, 23 April 1918 (enteric fever); to Ambulance Train No 10, 25 April 1918; admitted to 4th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 26 April 1918. Embarked Boulogne on HS ‘Pieter de Conick’, 4 June 1918; admitted to Addington Park War Hospital, Croydon, 6 June 1918; discharged on furlough, 20 June 1918; declared an illegal absentee by Court of Inquiry, Croydon, 6 September 1918.

Found guilty at District Court held in Warwick, 25 October 1918, of being absent without leave, 14 August 1918, until apprehended in London, 16 October 1918: sentenced to forfeit all ordinary pay for 30 days; forfeited total of 102 days’ pay; discharged from detention, 30 October 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 31 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT ‘Saxon’, 11 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 30 January 1919. Discharged Melbourne, 9 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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