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Regimental number781
Place of birthAuckland New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressKarno, New Zealand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.75"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs J McPhee, Whangarie, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 January 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/16/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Other details

War service: admitted to Isolation Camp, 14 August 1915 (venereal disease).

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Wiltshire', 31 August 1915 (venereal disease); disembarked Melbourne, 23 September 1915.

Returned to duty, 4th Military District (Adelaide), 4 November 1916.

Re-embarked, 5 November 1916; marched in to Isolation Camp, Moascar, 4 December 1916.

Taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 14 December 1916.

Transferred to D Squadron, 11th Light Horse Regiment, 11 January 1917.

Found guilty, 12 January 1917, of being absent without leave in that he did at Moascar absent himself without leave from 0630 on 12.1.17 parade till 1330 on 16.1.17 when he reported at Orderly Room: awarded forfeiture of 5 days' pay, and loss of a further 5 days' pay.

Found guilty, 29 January 1917, of being absent without leave, Moascar, from 0630, 27 January, to 0630, 29 January 1917: awarded forfeiture of 7 days' pay and stoppage of leave for 14 days, and forfeited a further 3 days' pay.

Found guilty, 13 February 1917, of (1) being absent without leave, Moascar, from 1430, 9 February, until 1730, 10 February 1917, when he was arrested; (2) when on Active Service drunkenness in that he at Ismailia on 10.2.17 was drunk; (3) disobedience of orders in that he in Ismailia on 10.2.17 disobeyed orders by not being in possession of an identification disc; (4) improperly dressed in that he whilst in Ismailia on 10.2.17 was wearing an open cut tunic without a belt: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Transferred to 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 24 February 1917.

Taken on strength, 4th Light Horse Regiment, and allotted No R781.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish (catarrh), and transferred to Hospital Train; discharged to Moascar, 4 May 1917.

Found guilty, 10 May 1917, of being absent without leave from 0600, 5 May, to 0515, 9 May 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 5 day's pay; total forfeiture: £8.5.0.

Found guilty, 19 June 1917, of being absent from the Lines from 0430 until Lights Out at 2200, 15 June 1917: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, 27 June 1917, of when on Active Service, absenting himself without leave in that he at Moascar absented himself without leave from 0430 on 26.6.17 to 2100 on 27.6.17: awarded 90 days' imprisonment with hard labour, and forfeited £23 pay. Marched out to Detention Barracks, Cairo, 16 July 1917; discharged from Detention Barracks, sentence expired, 15 September 1917; rejoined 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 16 September 1917.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 20 September 1917 (varicocele); discharged same day and rejoined Training Regiment.

Transferred to 4th Light Horse Regiment, 24 October 1917; rejoined unit, Fara, 26 October 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial on charge of when on Active Service offering violence to his superior officer being in the execution of his office; pleaded Not Guilty; found Guilty, and sentenced to 1 year's imprisonment with hard labour. Marched off to Detention Barracks, Cairo, 27 January 1918; released from Detention Barracks, 27 December 1918 (sentence expired); rejoined 4th Light Horse Regiment, Moascar, 4 March 1919.

Found guilty, 24 May 1919, of being absent without leave, Alexandria, from 0001, 11 May, until apprehended by the Military Police at 2330, 20 May 1919: awarded forfeiture of 28 days' pay; total forfeiture: 38 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia from Kantara on board HT 'Essex', 15 June 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 22 July 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 21 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

File states 'Stated to have died after discharge AIF Cem. Trust 26/9/52'.
Date of death28 July 1952
Age at death61
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 14, Grave 57), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, McPHEE Neil

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