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Hugh George LENON

Regimental number431
Place of birthEchuca, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Address129 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Lenon, 129 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Junior Cadets; 3 years in H Company, 33rd Infantry (Militia).
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick, New South wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1915
Discharge date14 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 28-29 April 1915 (gun shot wound, leg); admitted to No 1 General hospital, Heliopolis; transferred to No 2 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 1 May 1915; to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 11 May 1915. Discharged to return to Australia.

Commencced return to Australia from Suez on board HMAT 'Kyarra', 10 June 1915; discharged, Sydney, 12 May 1916.

Re-enlisted, 16 April 1917, giving religion as Roman Catholic.

Embarked Sydney, on board HMAT A38 'Ulysses', 19 December 1917 as 4223, Private, 14th Light Horse Regiment, 34th Reinforcement; disembarked Suez, 16 January 1918; marched in to Reinforcements Camp, Moascar, 21 January 1918.

Transferred to 12th Light Horse Regiment, 31 January 1918.

Appointed Acting Corporal, 13 March 1918.

Marched in to 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, 4 September 1918, and reverted to rank of Trooper.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 15 September 1918; discharged to duty, 21 January 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 129 days.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 29 January 1919, of (1) stealing goods [camera and gabardine tunic] the property of a comrade [Sergeant Pickering] on 20 January 1919 (or about); (2) stealing goods [an automatic revolver, a Webley revolver, and a belt of badges] the property of a comrade [Trooper Walkenden, 4th Light Horse Regiment] on or about 12 January 1919; (3) stealing goods [a match box, a khaki drill tunic and a khaki shirt] the property of a comrade [Trooper Burgess, 4th Light Horse Regiment] on or about 20 January 1919; alternative charge to charges 1-3: receiving above property knowing it to be stolen; (4) breaking out of hospital about 1030 am and being absent without leave until arrested 1200 the same day: found not guilty on 3rd charge relating to khaki drill tunic; pleaded not guilty to charges 1-3; guilty to charge 4; awarded 1 year imprisonment with hard labour. Strongly recommended for mercy on account of previous good service and age.

Admitted to Field Punishment Compound, Alexandria, 29 January 1919. Transferred to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 4 March 1919; transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 27 March 1919; discharged from hospital, 12 June 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 101 days; rejoined Military Prison, 16 June 1919. Admitted to 21st General hospital, Alexandria, 24 July 1919 (debility); discharged to Prison, 12 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Port Said on board HT 'Plassy', 20 September 1919; OC Troops on board 'Plassy' recommended, 30 October 1919, that the unexpired portion of his sentence be remitted on account of his having 'behaved in a very satisfactory manner throughout the voyage'. Discharged, Sydney, 14 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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