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Walter Sydney MAIN

Regimental number1627
Date of birth1882
Place of birthStanmore, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressFremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 9.75"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Elizabeth Mary Clayton, 28 Nairn Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 June 1915
Place of enlistmentDerby, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 October 1916
Discharge date2 May 1917
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3394 Pte Alfred Ernest MAIN, 53rd Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916; 5134 Pte Charles Hay MAIN, 13th Bn, killed in action, 14 August 1916; 5383 Pte David Alexander MAIN, 16th Bn, died of disease, 4 July 1916; 27743 Gunner Robert John MAIN, 3rd Field Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 14 March 1916 (mumps); transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 14 March 1916; to No 4 Ambulance Train, 22 March 1916; to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 22 March 1916; to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 25 March 1916 (gastritis); to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, 3 April 1916 (gastritis and bronchitis); discharged to duty, 9 June 1916.

Taken on strength of 14th Training Bn, 9 June 1916.

Taken on strength of 16th Bde Details, Tel el Kebir, 1 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 August 1916.

Marched out of No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 16 September 1916; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 September 1916 (classified B2B).

Commenced return to Australia from Portland on board HT 'Ajana', 17 October 1916; disembarked Perth, 8 December 1916; discharged (medically unfit, debility and neurasthenia), Perth, 2 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 May 1921
SourcesNAA: B2455, MAIN Walter Sydney

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