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Victor Pringle Oliphant BATT

Regimental number340
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
OccupationBush worker
Addressc/o T W Anderson, Tallangatta, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 2.75"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Francis Batt, 16 Belmont Avenue, Donnybrook, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 May 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 15, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Discharge date16 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on SS 'Orontes', 16 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 2 October 1916; taken on strength of No 3 Camp, Parkhouse, 3 October 1916; marched into Australian Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 14 November 1916.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 31 January 1917; disembarked Boulogne, 1 February 1917, and marched into Machine Gun Base Depot, Camieres; moved out from Base Depot, 17 February 1917, and taken on strength of 15th Australian Machine Gun Company, 19 February 1917.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 29 March 1917, and transferred to 6th Field Ambulance (influenza); to 5th Divisional Receiving Station, 30 March 1917; to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 31 March 1917; admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 1 April 1917 (scabies); discharged to duty, 7 April 1917; rejoined 15th Machine Gun Company from hospital, 13 April 1917; on command to Offensive Warfare School for instruction, 11 May 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 25 May 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 June 1917, and transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station (appendicitis); to Ambulance Train '29', 15 June 1917; admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 June 1917. Embarked Rouen on HS 'Panama' for further treatment overseas, 17 June 1917; admitted to Canadian Red Cross Hospital, Taplow, 18 June 1917; discharged on furlough, 4 July 1917.

Found guilty at Codford, 20 July 1917, of being absent without leave, 3.30 pm, 18 July, to 4.00 pm, 19 July 1917: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 4 day's pay.

Found guilty at Hurdcott, 31 December 1917, of being absent without leave, 5.00 pm, 30 December, to 5.00 pm, 31 December 1917: admonished by senior officer; forfeited total of 2 days' pay; moved out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Leicestershire', 9 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 22 January 1919. Discharged Melbourne, 16 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BATT Victor Pringle Oliphant

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