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Regimental number3730
Place of birthGoodwood, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address62 Wellington Road, Maylands, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, W Muirhead, 62 Wellington Road, Marylands, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919
Discharge date4 November 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Adelaide, 2 August 1915. Taken on strength, 52nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 3 March 1916. Transferred to Machine Gun Company (as batman), 18 March 1916; taken on strength, 3rd Machine Gun Company, 19 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 13 June 1916.

Found guilty, Field Court Martial, 24 August 1916, of conduct prejudical of good order and military discipline and of escaping from arrest whilst on active service, 19 July 1916: awarded 9 months' imprisonment with hard labour. Taken on Military Prison, Havre, 20 September 1916; released, 23 May 1917.

Found guilty, 21 June 1917, of being absent without leave, 19 June 1917, until apprehended by Military Police, and of using obscene language to Military Police: awarded forfeiture of 4 days' pay. Rejoined unit in the field, 29 June 1917.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 15 March 1918; transferred to 7th Canadian General Hospital, 17 March 1918. Transferred to England, 25 March 1918 (influenza), and admitted to Pavilion General Hospital, Brighton. Transferred to No. 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 9 April 1918. Granted furlough, 10 April 1918, to report to No. 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 24 April 1918. Married Margaret McCRAE, Glasgow, 20 April 1918. Marched out to Machine Gun Training Depot, Parkhouse, 19 July 1918. Absent without leave, 2 August 1918; Court of Inquiry declared him to be an illegal absentee. Found guilty, District Court Martial, Parkhouse, 25 February 1919, of being absent without leave from 2 August 1918 until he surrendered in London, 10 February 1919: awarded 9 months' detention; sentence suspended from 18 June 1919. Taken to Lewes Detention Barracks, Sussex, 4 March 1919; discharged from Barracks, 18 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia, 24 July 1919; disembarked, 11 September 1919; discharged, 4 November 1919.

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

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