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Nelson HARVEY

Regimental number104
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationElectrical engineer
Address297 Barkley Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 7.25"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Frances Harvey, Federal Coffee Palace, Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Imperial Light Horse (Boer War).
Enlistment date3 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll104A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1917
Discharge date25 March 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Wandilla', 6 June 1916; .

Found guilty, 7 July 1916, of being absent without leave, 8.00 pm, 2 July 1916, to 8.00 am, 4 July 1916: admonished by superior officer; forfeited total of 3 days' pay. Transferred to 1/3rd Reinforcements whilst at sea, 17 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 July 1916.

Found guilty of being absent without leave, from Reville, 7 August, to 9.45 pm, 21 August 1916: awarded 15 days' detention; forfeited total of 30 days' pay.

Found guilty at Parkhouse, 13 September 1916, of being absent without leave from parade, 2.00 pm, 13 September 1916: awarded 7 days' confinement to camp.

Found guilty at Perham Downs, 16 October 1916, of being absent without leave, from Reville, 23 September, until apprehended, 8.30 pm, 11 October 1916: awarded 19 days' detention; forfeited total of 38 days' pay. Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS 'Onward', 2 November 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 3 November 1916; moved into the field, 16 November 1916; taken on strength of 4th Pioneer Bn, 19 November 1916.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 18 December 1916of being absent without leave, 8.15 am, 9 December, to 12.30 pm, 10 December 1916: sentenced to 3 months' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 99 days' pay; regimental number allotted the letter 'A', 4 January 1917.

Found guilty, 13 May 1917, of being absent without leave, 7.00 am, 10 May, to 7.00 am, 11 May 1917: awarded a fine of 4 days' pay; forfeited total of 7 days' pay.

Found guilty, 16 June 1917, of being absent without leave, 7.30 pm, 8 June, to 10.20 am, 12 June 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 36 days' pay.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 6 August 1917, and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (trench fever); to Ambulance Train '8', 7 August 1917; admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 8 August 1917; transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 26 August 1917; admitted to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 31 August 1917; discharged to 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 25 October 1917. Embarked Havre and proceeded to England for return to Australia, 24 November 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 24 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia, 20 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 13 February 1918. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Melbourne, 25 March 1918 (overage). )MBV

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