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Matthew Courtney HAYNES

Regimental number2340
Place of birthKilkenny, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShip steward
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 8.25"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Clara May Haynes, Main Street, York, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 March 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT Persia on 10 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 April 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Peter Dennis
Discharge date25 June 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 4th Pioneer Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 4 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 11 June 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 25 November 1916 (haemorrhoids), and transferred to 36th Casualty Clearing Station; to 3rd Stationary Hospital, 28 November 1916 (piles); to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 28 November 1916 (mumps); to Base Depot, Etaples, 30 November 1916.

Admitted to 20th General Hospital, 2 December 1916; transferred to England, 8 December 1916 (influenza and piles); admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 8 December 1916 (haemorrhoids: severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 11 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 22 January 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 6 February 1917.

Attached for duty to Australian Club for Officers, London, 15 February 1917.

Found guilty, 24 April 1917, of (1) being in possession of an irregular pass; (2) insolence to his Superior Officer: admonished.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 20 August 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 19 October 1917; discharged, 18 March 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 151 days.

Commenced return to Australia, 21 April 1918; discharged (medically unfit: varicose veins), 25 June 1918.

War service: 3 years 89 days (of which 2 years 349 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Cause of death: tuberculosis
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Cowitroy.
Date of death8 July 1927
Age at death46
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAYNES Matthew Courtney

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