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Joseph AGNEW

Regimental number1622
Place of birthMillicent, South Australia
AddressMillicent, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 9"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr Robert Agnew Snr, Millicent, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Millicent Mounted Rifles, and in the 8th Contingent, South Africa; discharged on termination of war.
Enlistment date9 March 1916
Place of enlistmentMillicent, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Rachel AGNEW
Discharge date15 July 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1511A Pte Hugh Alexander AGNEW, 9th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 15 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 50th Bn, Tel el Kebir; taken on strength, 50th Bn, Railhead, 30 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 19 June 1916 (bronchitis), and transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station; to Hospital Train, 30 June 1916, and admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 1 July 1916; transferred to England, 2 July 1916 (pneumonia), and admitted to 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 10 July 1916; to Woodcote Park Convalescent Depot, Epsom, 18 July 1916; discharged on furlough, 3 September 1916.

Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 9 October 1916, and classified B.1.A.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 7 December 1916 (gonorrhoea: contracted from a prostitue in Glasgow, 16 August 1916); discharged, 5 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 116 days.

Marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 16 March 1917.

Transferred to 70th Bn, 23 March 1917.

Admitted to 17th Field Ambulance, 8 September 1917 (scabies); discharged to Training Depot, 12 September 1917, and rejoined 70th Bn.

Transferred to 50th Bn on marching out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 19 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; rejoined 50th Bn, in the field, 24 October 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 9 January 1918 (carbuncle); transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 13 January 1918; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 15 January 1918; to England, 29 January 1918, and admitted to 2nd Southern General hospital, Bristol, 31 January 1918 (bronchitis); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 1 March 1918 (bronchitis, pleurisy); discharged to Command Depot, 8 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Dunluce Castle', 8 April 1918, for discharge (pleurisy with effusion); disembarked, Melbourne, 26 May 1918, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 15 July 1918.

War service: 2 years 129 days (of which 2 years 46 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 June 1926
Age at death48
Place of burialMillicent Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, AGNEW Joseph

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