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George Calvert BARBER

Regimental number16123
Date of birth24 January 1893
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressWarracknabeal, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinFather, Rev H B Barber, Anderson Street, Warracknabeal, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Volunteer Cadets for 18 months (disbanded).
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNovember 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Discharge date23 February 1919
Other details

War service: embarked Sydney, 11 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 30 January 1917. Admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, 2 February 1917 (ingrown toe nail).

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 March 1917; marched into Segregation Camp, Etaples, 4 April 1917; taken on strength, 5th Field Ambulance, 20 May 1917.

Wounded in action, 2 November 1917 (shrapnel wound, left leg); admitted to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogen, 3 November 1917; transferred to England, 15 November 1917, and admitted to 1st Birmingham War Hospital, 16 November 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 December 1917; discharged on furlough, 27 December 1917, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 10 January 1918.

Found guilty, 16 January 1918, of being absent without leave from 3.30 pm, 10 January, to 3 pm, 14 January 1918: awarded 7 days confined to camp; forfeited 5 days pay.

Appointed Acting Sergeant, 15 March 1918. Marched out to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 August 1918.Reverted to Private, 17 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 20 November 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 5 January 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, 23 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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