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Joseph Alexander LEWIS

Regimental number1691
Place of birthErskineville, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
AddressDubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.5"
Weight159.5 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Lewis, 221 Belmont Street, Alexandria, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 November 1915
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 17 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 29 July 1916; disembarked Southampton, England via Marseilles, France, 9 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 September 1916; marched into 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples (no date); marched out to unit, 24 September 1916; taken on strength, 54th Bn, 26 September 1916.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, France, 13 December 1916; transferred to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 16 December 1916; on HS 'Carisbrook Castle' to England, 17 December 1916 (trench feet); admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, 19 December 1916; discharged on furlough, 27 February 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 March 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, 15 March 1917; marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 9 April 1917; marched out to Drafting Depot, Perham Downs, 15 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 June 1917; marched into 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 5 June 1917; marched out to unit, 28 June 1917; rejoined unit, 28 June 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 13 October 1917 (trench feet); transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 13 October 1917; to Casualty Clearing Station, 19 October 1917; to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 20 October 1917; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 28 October 1917; to No 13 Convalescent Depot, Trouville, 29 October 1917; to 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 12 November 1917; to Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 24 January 1918; marched out to unit, 30 January 1918; rejoined unit, 16 February 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 16 March 1919; rejoined unit, France, 4 April 1918.

Wounded in action, 11 July 1918; admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, France, 11 July 1918 (gun shot wound, right thigh and right forearm); transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 July 1918; to Ambulance Train No 36, 12 July 1918; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 13 July 1918; embarked for England on board HS 'Grantully Castle', 16 July 1918; admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 17 July 1918; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 2 August 1918; discharged on furlough, 28 August 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 11 September 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, 11 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'City of Exeter', 15 January 1919; disembarked, 6 March 1919; discharged Sydney, 20 April 1919 (medically unfit).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LEWIS Joseph Alexander

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