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Regimental number8082
Place of birthBairnsdale, Victoria
Addressc/o Mrs A J Steel, Margaret Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 4.75"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, A McRorie, c/o Mrs A J Steel, Margaret Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of eyesight)
Enlistment date26 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Australian General Hospital, Special Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1918

Military Medal

'For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the whole of the fifth inst. East of YPRES he was engaged in carrying wounded back from the forward left R.A.P. This involved many carries across swampy ground and under very heavy enemy barrage fire. In the rescue of wounded lying near some of the pill boxes in this area he showed absolute disregard of personal safety and set a splendid example to those near him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date17 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Marched in to Divisional Troops Depot, Tel el Kebir, 1 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 July 1916; disembarked Folkstone, England, 21 August 1916; proceeded overseas to France, and joined 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 22 August 1916.

Taken on strength, 1stAustralian Field Ambulance, in the field, 19 September 1916.

On leave to England, 1 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 16 August 1917.

Awarded Military Medal.

Onleave to Paris, 29 December 1917; rejoined unit, 7 January 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 5 July 1918 (accident: internal derangerment, left knee); transferred to 54th General Hospital, Boulogne, 6 July 1918 (synovitis, left knee); to 25th General Hospital, 8 July 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 21 July 1918; to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 4 August 1918; to Australian General Base Depot, 4 August 1918; classified B2, 6 August 1918; transferred to England, 15 August 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 23 September 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 26 November 1918, for overland travel to Sydney; discharged, Sydney (medically unfit), 17 February 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McRORIE James

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