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Joseph BEDFORD

Regimental number2543
Place of birthHay, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationStation hand
AddressChurch Street, Hay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Bedford, Church Street, Hay, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 May 1917
Place of enlistmentNarrandera, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 2 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 20 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Jane BEDFORD
Discharge date28 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2861 Pte William Edward BEDFORD, 55th Bn, returned to Australia, 19 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Embarked Melbourne, 28 October 1917.

Found guilty, at sea, of when on Active Service leaving his guard without orders from his superior officer: awarded 14 days' detention.

Disembarked Suez, 10 December 1917; marched in to 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, 23 January 1918.

Taken on strength, 12th Light Horse Regiment, Belah, 2 February 1918.

Admitted to 66th Casualty Clearing Station, Jerusalem, 4 May 1918 (diarrhoea); transferred to 75th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 June 1918; to 43rd Stationary Hospital, Kilo 151, 6 May 1918; to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 15 May 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 16 May 1918; to Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Port Said, 7 June 1918; to 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 19 June 1918; rejoined 12th Light Horse Regiment, 27 June 1918.

Admitted to Port Said Rest Camp, 9 August 1918; marched in to 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, 1 September 1918.

Found guilty, 7 October 1918, of when on Active Service, irregular conduct, i.e. staggering about Ismailia Railway Station as if he was drunk: awarded 14 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 3 days' pay.

Rejoined 12th Light Horse Regiment, 18 November 1918.

Sick to hospital, 20 February 1919 (venereal disease); admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 23 February 1919 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, 9 April 1919; discharged, 1 July 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 131 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Morvada', 20 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 28 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Brisbane, 28 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 June 1940
Age at death51
Place of burialToowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEDFORD Joseph

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