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Regimental number3445
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
OccupationShip's steward
Address92 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth McCracken, 14 Ferguson Drive, Strandtown, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed in the North Irish Horse for 3 years; time expired.
Enlistment date3 January 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 December 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919
Discharge date12 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917, and marched into 14th training Bn, Hurdcott.

Found guilty, 25 May 1917, of being absent withoutleave from midnight, 25 May, to 8 pm,29 May 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 32 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 July 1917; taken on strength, 55th Bn, in the field, 1 August 1917.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 March 1918 (scabies), and transferred same day to 14th Field Ambulance; discharged to duty, 22 March 1918.

Onleave, 2 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 September 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 20 March 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 8 April 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 22 May 1919; marched into No 5 Clearing Group, Weymouth, 23 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Friedrichsruh', 8 July 1919; found guilty, at sea, 14 July 1919, of smoking on Troop Deck: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2, and fined 15/-; disembarked Sydney, 4 September 1919; discharged, Sydney, 12 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNAA B2455 file 1941218
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCRACKEN William

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