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William HISLOP

Regimental number177
Place of birthGlasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBricklayer
AddressLatrobe Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 4.75"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinMrs Ethel Spencer, Latrobe Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the 9th Battery, Lanarkshire Volunteer Artillery.
Enlistment date12 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
FateDischarged in England 30 May 1920
Discharge date30 May 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 5 September 1915 (venereal disease, haemorrhoids); discharged, 6 September 1915; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 2 days.

Admitted to 18th Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 17 September 1915 (enteritis); transferred to Intermediate Base, 18 September 1915; taken on strength, 21st Bn, Anzac, 29 September 1915.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 21 October 1915 (dysentery), and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to HS 'Glenart Castle', 25 October 1915, and admitted to 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, 31 October 1915; to Convalescent Depot, Mustapha, 27 November 1915; discharged to duty, 5 December 1915, and marched in to Overseas Base, Ghezireh.

Found guilty, 15 February 1916, of being absent without leave, 0630, 13 February, to 1200, 15 February 1916: awarded 15 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 18 days' pay.

Found guilty, 23 March 1916, of (1) being absent without leave from Reveille till [?]; (20 being drunk: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Transferred to 5th Pioneer Bn, Ferry Post, 4 May 1916.

Found guilty, 9 June 1916, of being absent from a place appointed by his CO: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Found guilty, Estaires, 10 July 1916, of (1) falling out without permission; (2) being drunk; (3) being absent without leave, 1630-2030, 7 July 1916; (4) insolence to a superior officer; (5) using obscene language to an NCO: awarded 20 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty of drunkenness, 17 September 1916: fined 5/-.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 9 March 1917; temporary Corporal, 1 April 1917; Corporal, 28 May 1917; reverted to the ranks at own request, 18 July 1917.

Found guilty, 25 July 1917, of (1) being absent without leave from 8.30 am, 20 July, to 3 pm, 21 July 1917; (2) being absent without leave from 8.30 am, 22 July, to 7 pm, 24 July 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 19 days' pay.

Found guilty, 4 August 1917, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he when a Sentry on Guard, 2 August 1917, allowed a person to play 'Two Up': awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited extra 13 days' pay.

Wounded in action, 30 September 1917 (bomb wound, left cheek and arm: slight); admitted to 17th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 October 1917; transferred to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 2 October 1917; to England, 11 October 1917, and admitted to Horton War Hospital, Epsom, 12 October 1917; discharged on furlough, 9 November 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 23 November 1917.

Found guilty, 26 November 1917, of being absent without leave, 3.30-5pm, 24 November: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 5 days' pay.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 6 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 21 February 1918.

Found guilty, 18 April 1918, of being absent without leave, 12 April-5 pm, 13 April 1918: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 30 days' pay.

Attached for duty to 5th Division Headquarters, 5 December 1918.

On leave to England, 20 December 1918; rejoined unit, 3 January 1919.

On leave to England, 16 February 1919; rejoined unit from leave,7 March 1919.

Marched out for return to Australia, 15 May 1919; marched in to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 29 May 1919.

Proceeded on indefinite leave awaiting family ship, 17 October 1919.

Mrs Annie Hislop,wife, Glasgow, declined to travel to Australia.

Evidence emerged that Hislop's marriage to Mrs Ethel Spencer, Melbourne, 4 May 1915, was bigamous; Mrs Spencer wrote to Assistant Provost Marshal, Melbourne, 10 March 1920, saying that if Hislop arranged to have her receive the sum of £20 to cover her legal expenses in having the marriage declared invalid, she would raise no objection to him being discharged in the United Kingdom, i.e. not returning to Australia.

Discharged (demobilised) in London, 30 May 1920.

War service: 5 years 129 days (of which 5 years 22 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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