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John MURPHY

Regimental number5390
Place of birthLiverpool, England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressWarwick, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 2.5"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Jane Murphy, 373 Boundary Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for military service on the grounds of chest measurement being too small)
Enlistment date3 March 1916
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 November 1918
Discharge date8 February 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 8 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916, from 7th Training Bn; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 14 December 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 4 February 1917; taken on strength of 26th Bn, 5 February 1917.

Accidently injured, Scots Redoubt North Camp, 24 April 1917 (scalded right foot); admitted to No 15 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 April 1917; transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 24 April 1917; to South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, 28 April 1917; to No 9 Casualty Clearing Station, 28 April 1917; discharged, 11 May 1917; rejoined 26th Bn, 12 May 1917.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 July 1917 (eczema), and transferred to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station the same day; to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 28 July 1917 (scabies); discharged, 7 August 1917; rejoined unit, 11 August 1917.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 22 September 1917 (septic knee and hand); discharged, 3 October 1917; rejoined unit 4 October 1917.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 31 December 1917 (scabies); discharged, 6 January 1918; rejoined unit, 7 January 1918.

On leave to England, 27 January 1918; rejoined unit, 12 February 1918.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 21 February 1918 (defective vision); discharged, 23 February 1918; rejoined unit, 24 February 1918.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 28 February 1918 (defective vision); discharged, and rejoined unit, 1 March 1918.

Detached to 20th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 28 June 1918; rejoined unit, 26 July 1918.

Marched out of 26th Bn, 15 September 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 17 September 1918.

Classified Class B3 by Medical Board, 22 September 1918 (age, debility and defective vision), and proceeded to England the same day; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 September 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 27 September 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 8 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Gaika', 8 November 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 29 December 1918; discharged Brisbane (medically unfit: age and debility), 8 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 July 1936
SourcesNAA: B2455, MURPHY John

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