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William Gerard HURST

Regimental number273
Place of birthAntrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressArtillery Barracks, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, G Hurst, Fisher Hill, Castleba, Co Mayo, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Western Australian Light Horse; 14th months in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery (still serving at time of AIF enlistment).
Enlistment date7 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameSiege Artillery Brigade
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Heavy Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Discharge date3 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Seconded to 2nd Division Field Artillery, 25 July 1916, and taken on strength, 22nd Field Artillery Brigade, 26 July 1916.

Transferred to 36th Heavy Artillery Group, 18 January 1917.

On leave to England, 1 December 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 16 December 1917.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 17 January 1918 (scabies), and transferred to Divisional Rest Station; discharged to duty, 22 January 1918.

On leave to Paris, 22 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 29 March 1918.

To hospital, 14 April 1918 (accident: scalded right hand); transferred to 64th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 April 1918, and thence to Ambulance Train; admitted to 14th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 16 April 1918; transferred to England, 19 April 1918, and admitted to General Military Hospital, Edmonton (burns: severe). Transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 April 1918; discharged on furlough, 2 May 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 16 May 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, 10 August 1918.

Marched out to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 14 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Anchises', 28 February 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 7 April 1919; discharged, Perth, 3 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsB103 Part 1states place of birth as Barracks, Thursday Island, Queensland.

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