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William HAYES

Regimental number3631
Place of birthBalinglass, Co Wicklow, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPaddington, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 7.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Sarah Hayes, 9 Vulcan Street, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed for 8 years, 1st Battalion, Irish Fusiliers, British Army.
Enlistment date29 June 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 June 1917
Place of enlistmentLiverpool New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 31 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollHeadquarters, Australian Base Depot
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date19 March 1920
Other details

War service: Rabaul, Western Front

Found guilty in Rabaul of burning lights during prohibited hours, 23 March 1915: admonished by superior officer.

Found guilty in Rabaul, 21 May 1915, of (1) stealing four books from recreation room, and (2) being absent without leave, 19 May 1915: admonished by superior officer: awarded fine of 10/- in pay.

Found guilty in Rabaul of being absent without leave, 28 June 1915: admonished by superior officer.

Found guilty in Rabaul, 14 August 1915, of being absent from post without permission, 13 August 1915: awarded fine of 10/- in pay.

Found guilty in Rabaul, 25 January 1916, of being in Chinatown without a pass, 25 January 1916: awarded fine of 5/- in pay; struck off strength of unit, 31 January 1916.

Discharged from Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Sydney, 15 February 1916.

Re-enlisted in Australian Imperial Force, 27 June 1917.

Embarked Sydney on HMAT ‘Euripides’, 31 October 1917; promoted Lance Corporal, 31 October 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 26 December 1917; rank reverted to Private, 4 January 1918; marched into 14th Training Bn, Codford, 5 January 1918.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Codford, 8 January 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 20 March 1918 (venereal disease); transferred to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 23 March 1918 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 4 days); discharged from depot, 7 May 1918; marched into 14th Training Bn, 8 May 1918. Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 20 May 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 22 May 1918; moved into the field, 24 May 1918; taken on strength of 55th Bn, 25 May 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 October 1918; transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 October 1918; to Ambulance Train, 5 October 1918; admitted to 72nd General Hospital, Trouville, 6 October 1918 (pleurisy); transferred to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 25 October 1918.

Found guilty in Havre, 29 October 1918, of being absent from parade, 1.30 pm, 28 October 1918: awarded 2 days’ confinement to camp.

Found guilty in Havre, 3 December 1918, of being absent without leave, 9.00 pm, 2 December, to 11.00pm, 2 December 1918; discharged to Australian Base Depot, 12 January 1919; attached to Australian General Base Depot Headquarters, 19 February 1919; taken on strength of Australian Base Depot Headquarters, 15 April 1919; proceeded on leave to Paris, 17 May 1919.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 30 May 1919; admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, 7 June 1919.

Found guilty in Havre, 9 June 1919, of being absent without leave, 12.01 am, 27 May, to 6.20 am, 29 May 1919: awarded 2 days’ Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 5 days’ pay; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, 12 June 1919 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 14 days); marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 25 July 1919; granted indefinite leave whilst awaiting transport ship, 6 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT ‘Themistocles’, 22 December 1919; disembarked Sydney, 7 February 1920; discharged, Sydney, 19 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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