|Place of birth||Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland|
|Address||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||36|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Mary H Bashford, 4 Wall Street, Norwood, South Australia|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/49/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Company Sergeant Major|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||32nd Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Western Front
Embarked Adelaide on HMAT 'Anchises', 30 March 1916; rank reverts to Private from that of Acting Sergeant, 16 April 1916; promoted to rank of Temporary Corporal, 16 April 1916; appointed Acting Sergeant, 4 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Franconia', 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916, and proceeded to 8th Training Bn, Larkhill; detached to School of Instruction, Chelsea, 16 July 1916; returned to unit from detachment, 29 July 1916.
Found guilty at Larkhill, 2 October 1916, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 27 September, to 10.15 pm, 28 September 1916: awarded fine of 1 days' pay.
Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS 'Golden Eagle', 11 November 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 12 November 1916; promoted to rank of Acting Sergeant, 13 November 1916; rank reverts to Private, 19 November 1916.
Admitted to 51st General Hospital, 19 November 1916 (gonorrhoea); discharged to 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 23 December 1916 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 34 days); moved into the field, 28 December 1916; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, 29 December 1916; to be promoted to rank of Temporary Corporal, 20 January 1917; to be promoted to rank of Corporal, 28 January 1917; to be promoted to rank of Sergeant, 1 February 1917; to be promoted to rank of Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class 2), 3 March 1917.
Taken ill in the field, 22 June 1917; admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 June 1917, and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station (nasal polypus); to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, 25 June 1917; discharged to duty, 15 July 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 16 July 1917; proceeded on special leave to England, 18 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 31 August 1917.
Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 12 November 1917, of drunkenness: sentenced to have rank and precedence taken as if appointment to rank of Company Sergeant Major bore date, 3 September 1917; on command to Infantry course at Australian Corps School, 14 January 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 22 February 1918; to be temporary rank of Regimental Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class 1); 20 April 1918; rank reverts to Company Sergeant Major, 22 June 1918.
Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 18 September 1918, and transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station (rhinitis); to 41st Stationary Hospital, Port Remy, 19 September 1918; transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 September 1918; discharged to duty, 29 September 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 4 October 1918; proceeded on leave to Paris, 5 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 14 October 1918; proceeded on leave to England, 5 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 2 January 1919; detached to Corps Workshops, Jeumont, 22 January 1919; rejoined unit from detachment, 13 February 1919; moved out from the field, 5 March 1919.
Admitted to Stationary Hospital, Abancourt, 9 March 1919; discharged to duty, 13 March 1919. Embarked Havre for England, 14 March 1919; disembarked Plymouth, 15 March 1919, and marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny.
Commenced return to Australia on HMAT 'Devanha', 8 May 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 20 June 1919. Discharged Adelaide, 4 August 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BASHFORD Robert|