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Joseph McKEE

Regimental number4178
Place of birthArmagh, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSawyer
AddressMrs Mary Thompson, 217 Maribyrnong Road, Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, D McKee, Altramachen Castle, Blayney, Co Armagh, Ireland
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919
Discharge date13 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Wiltshire', 7 March 1916.

Found guilty at sea, 30 March 1916, of being absent from parade, 29 March 1916: awarded 7 days' confinement to barracks; forfeited total of 8 days' pay.

Proceeded to France through Rollestone, 9 August 1916; joined 21st Bn, 28 August 1916.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 13 March 1917 (injury to eye); transferred to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 March 1917; discharged to duty, 18 March 1917.

Wounded in action, and admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 3 May 1917 (gun shot wound, left side); to Ambulance Train, 3 May 1917; transferred to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 4 May 1917; discharged to 4th Australian Infantry Base Depot, Rouen, 10 May 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 13 May 1917.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Thorncliffe, 22 August 1917 (venereal disease); transferred to Burnwell Military Hospital, Cambridge, 27 August 1917; to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 28 August 1917; discharged to duty, 20 September 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 30 days); marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 26 September 1917; listed as absent without leave, 1 October 1917; court of inquiry held in absence, Sutton Veny, 23 October 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 29 October 1917; discharged for trial, 12 November 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 15 days). Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 14 November 1917; discharged under escort, 23 November 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 10 days). Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 5 December 1917.

Found guilty at Court Martial held in Warwick, 4 December 1917, of (1) being absent without leave in that he failed to report at Victoria Station, 6.00 am, 15 August 1917, and remained absent until 22 August 1917, and (2) being absent without leave, 1 October, to 29 October 1917: awarded 80 days' detention; forfeited total of 191 days' pay; discharged from 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital to Lewes Detention Barracks, 24 December 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 20 days); discharged from detention after remittance of sentence, 1 February 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 4 February 1918; marched into Longbridge Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 28 February 1918; marched into 6th Training Battalion, Fovant, 15 March 1918; marched into 5th Training Battalion, 22 April 1918.

Found guilty, 20 June 1918, of being absent without leave

Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 21 June 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 23 June 1918; moved out to unit, 28 June 1918; taken on strength of 21st Battalion, 3 July 1918.

Admitted to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 October 1918, and transferred to 73rd General Hospital, 6 October 1918 (shrapnel wound, left hand); to 1st Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 9 October 1918; discharged to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 15 February 1919; moved out to unit, 20 February 1919. Transferred to 24th Battalion and taken on strength, 22 February 1919; moved out to Australian General Base Depot, 7 April 1919. Embarked Havre and proceeded to England, 11 April 1919; disembarked Southampton, 12 April 1919, and marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on HT 'Rise Negro', 29 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 28 July 1919. Discharged Melbourne, 13 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKEE Joseph

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