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Francis Arnold KNIEBUSCH

Regimental number3551
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFitter and turner
Address21 Fitzroy Street, East Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Anastasia Kniebusch, 21 Fitzroy Street, East Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date9 July 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 May 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1918
Discharge date4 January 1919
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War service: Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 21 November 1917; disembarked Suez, 15 December 1917. Embarked Port Said, 9 January 1918; disembarked Southampton (via Taranto), 2 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 April 1918; taken on strength, 59th Bn, 18 May 1918. Wounded in action, 4 July 1918 (gun shot wound, left eye and back); transferred to England, 16 July 1918, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 17 July 1918. Transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 25 July 1918; discharged to No. 1 Command Depot, Weymouth, 13 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Runic', 23 September 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 26 November 1918; discharged, 4 January 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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