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Samuel Keith JEROME

Regimental number1760
Date of birth7 November 1892
Place of birthGoodooga, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGoodooga, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 3"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMrs R.S. Jerome, Goodooga, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 7 months in the Cadets.
Enlistment date10 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1892
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 November 1917
Discharge date1 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined 2nd Bn at Gallipoli, 26 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1915 (gun shot wound, left arm and eyes); transferred to Malta on board HS 'Dunluce Castle'; disembarked, 12 August 1915, and admitted to Cottonera Hospital. Transferred to England, 13 September 1915, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 21 September 1915. Transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 30 June 1916.

Medical Board concluded, 5 July 1916, that he was permanently unfit for general service and for home service.

Discharged on furlough, 18 July 1916. Re-admitted to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 1 August 1916.

Admitted to St Dunstan's Home for the Blind, 16 August 1916.

Base Records wrote to mother, 11 April 1917, quoting a report from AIF Headquarters, London: 'As a matter of interest I enclose herein a list giving particulars of those of our boys at St. Dunstan's Home for the Blind, and the occupations they have taken up. (In your son's instance - poultry farming.) It should be a great comfort to the relatives to know that in spite of the darkness in which their friends live, they are all happy and contented in their various occupations,and the relatives in Australia might be informed to this effect. They are well cared for and receive every consideration and assistance from their sympathetic instructors. Their training is made interesting and cheery and at frequent intervals officers visit the Home to see that the men have everything they need to ensure their comfort. St. Dunstan's is an ideal home for men so afflicted - said to be the finest ofits kind anywhere, affording every facility for the requirement of useful trades,and the feeling of being necessary and useful reacts most gratifyingly on the patients' mentality and disposition.'

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Karoola', 25 November 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 13 January 1918, for overland travel to Sydney; discharged, Sydney (wounded: left eye removed), 1 March 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Daniel Keith JEROME.
SourcesNAA: B2455, JEROME Samuel Keith

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