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Daniel BIRCH

Regimental number657
Place of birthBallywalter, Co Down, Ireland
AddressPlume Street, South Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 1.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Emily Christina Birch, Plume Street, South Townsville, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 January 1917
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 15, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/20/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919
Discharge date23 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'A.11', 11 May 1917; disembarked Devonport, 20 July 1917; marched into 15th Training Bn for isolation only, Hurdcott, 21 July 1917; marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 15 October 1917. Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 28 February 1918, and marched into Machine Gun Company Base Depot, Camieres; moved out to field, 6 March 1918; taken on strength of 10th Machine Gun Company, 10 March 1918; granted leave from France, 16 December 1918; rejoined 3rd Machine Gun Bn from leave, 9 February 1919.

Admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, 12 February 1919 (put under observation); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 14 February 1919; to Ambulance Train '3', 28 February 1919. Proceeded to England on HS 'Formosa', 28 February 1919; admitted to Military Hospital, Bethnal Green, 2 March 1919; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 13 March 1919; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, 31 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Leicestershire', 3 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 21 June 1919. Discharged Brisbane, 23 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BIRCH Daniel

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