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Christopher HARTNEY

Regimental number2946
Place of birthLimerick, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 6.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs C. Hartney, 43 Portman Street, Zelland, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 November 1917
Discharge date4 February 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Found guilty at Colombo, 1 April 1916, of breaking ranks: awarded fine of 1 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria on board HMT 'Huntswood' and proceeded to joint the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916; moved out from 5th Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 19 August 1916; taken on strength of 8th Machine Gun Company, 29 August 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 8 February 1917 (laryngitis); transferred to 5th Divisional Receiving Station, 8 February 1917; to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 9 February 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 11 February 1917; discharged to unit, Camiers, 4 March 1917; marched into 5th Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 11 April 1917. Proceeded to England for further treatment, 21 April 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 24 April 1917; temporarily attached to headquarters, Tidworth, 5 May 1917; detached from duty, 12 October 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Themistocles', 5 November 1917; disembarked Sydney, 3 January 1918. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Sydney, 4 February 1918 (chronic bronchitis, overage).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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