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John Watson ONLEY

Regimental number1553
Place of birthNorwood, South Australia
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 10.5"
Weight199 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Catherine Onley, 28 Field Street off Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1917
Discharge date26 October 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, England

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMAT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 9 February 1916 (chancroids); discharged to duty, 11 February 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 3 days.

Admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916, and transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, the same day (mumps).

Taken on strength of "B" Company, 32nd Bn, 3 March 1916.

Discharged to unit from No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 15 March 1916 (mumps).

Admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 20 March 1916 (circumcision); transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 26 March 1916 (phimosis); to No 4 Hospital Train, 27 March 1916; to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 27 March 1916; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Ras el Tin, Alexandria, 13 April 1916; discharged and marched into 8th Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 April 1916.

Rejoined 32nd Bn, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916.

Transferred to Base Details, 8th Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 29 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Discharged from hospital and marched into 8th Training Bn, Larkhill, 11 July 1916.

Classified C.3 and permanently unfit for general service, 24 August 1916 (rheumatism).

Found guilty, 19 September 1916, of refusing to obey an order: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks.

Marched into 8th Training Bn from No 2 Command Depot, 20 September 1916.

Found guilty, 8 December 1916, of being absent without leave from 2400 hours, 3 December 1916, until 1900 hours, 4 December 1916: awarded 14 days' confined to camp, forfeited 7 days' pay and total forfeiture of 8 days' pay.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 May 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 21 July 1917; disembarked Fremantle, 13 September 1917; re-embarked on board HT 'Nestor', 20 September 1917; disembarked Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit: rheumatism), 26 October 1917.

Total war service: 2 years 135 days (of which 1 year 308 was abroad).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 August 1932
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide
SourcesNAA: B2455, ONLEY John Watson

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