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William KEARSEY

Regimental number2341
Place of birthGlen Innes, Gough, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCoach builder
Addressc/- Mr J Kearsey, Inverell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height6' 1.5"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Kearsey, Inverell PO, Inverell, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 17 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched into 9th Training Bn, 12 January 1917.

To Musketry School of Instruction, Tidworth, 27 March 1917; appointed Acting Lance Corporal; qualified and passed as having fair knowledge of Lewis Gun; rejoined 9th Training Bn, 24 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, and reverted to Private, 5 September 1917; taken on strength, 33rd Bn, 17 September 1917.

Wounded in action, France, 3 October 1917; admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 5 October 1917 (gun shot wound, head); embarked for England, 16 October 1917; admitted to Guilford War Hospital, 16 October 1917 (gun shot wound, eyes and arm); transferred to Frognal Hospital, Sidcup, 6 November 1917; to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, 6 November 1917.

Found guilty, 6 May 1918, of refusing to obey an order given by an Non Commissioned Officer: forfeited a total of 28 days' pay.

Granted furlough, 4 July 1918, to report to Queen Mary's Hospital, 15 August 1918.

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave, 9 December 1918, to report to Queen Mary's Hospital, 20 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Karoola', 6 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 28 June 1919; discharged Sydney, 14 February 1921 (mediacally unfit, gun shot wound face).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 November 1971
SourcesNAA: B2455, KEARSEY William

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