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John Francis HOWARD

Regimental number2585
Place of birthClare, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBulong, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 8"
Next of kinBrother, Patrick Joseph Howard, address unknown
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 July 1916
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Discharge date10 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917, and marched in to 11th Training Bn. Proceeded overseas to France, 10 April 1917; taken on strength, 44th Bn, 12 April 1917.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 6 May 1917 (mumps), and transferred same day to 7th General Hospital, St Omer. Discharged to Base Depot, 26 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 30 May 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound, right forearm and right thigh), and admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, 5 October 1917; to England, 16 October 1917, and admitted to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, 17 October 1917 (wound: slight); discharged on furlough, 24 November 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 8 December 1917. Marched out to Overseas Training Depot, Longbridge Deverill, 20 December 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 17 January 1918; rejoined Bn, 23 January 1918.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 4 July 1918 (gun shot wound, buttock), and admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to Ambulance Train No 1; admitted to 12th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 7 July 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 8 July 1918; discharged on furlough, 23 July 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 August 1918. Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Londbridge Deverill, 29 August 1918; proceeded overseas to France, 29 September 1918; rejoined Bn, 7 October 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 28 April 1919; marched in to No 3 Group, Codford, 29 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Konig Luise', 21 June 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 2 August 1919; discharged, Perth, 10 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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