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Ernest John JEFFRIES

Regimental number5715
Place of birthBairnsdale, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Addressc/o Mr J McGuiness, Leongatha, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMrs H Lee, Mossiface, Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date8 January 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1917
Other details

Tried by Field General Court Martial, on two charges: (1) Disobeying in such a manner as to show wilfull defiance of authority a lawful command given personally by his superior Officer in the execution of his office; (2) When on Active Service using threatening language to his superior; (3) When on Active Service offering violence to his superior Officer: found guilty: awarded 10 years' penal servitude.

Sentence suspended from date of disembarkation in Australia.

Commenced return to Australia (disciplinary) on board HMAT 'Beltana', 18 March 1917; disembarked
Miscellaneous detailsTrue name: Ernest Victor LEE

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