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Richard John PAINTER

Regimental number2717
Place of birthCopeland, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address31 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 10.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Painter, 31 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 May 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 August 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: E.R. and Mary Jane PAINTER
Discharge date23 November 1917
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2965 Pte Sidney PAINTER, 20th Bn, returned to Australia.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 21 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, 22 December 1916.

Marched out to unit, 1 February 1917; taken on strength of 55th Bn, 8 February 1917.

Admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, 18 March 1917; transferred to No 45 Casualty Clearing Station, 20 March 1917; to Ambulance Train, 21 March 1917; to No 12 General Ambulance, Rouen, 21 March 1917 (rheumatism); to England, 29 March 1917 (rheumatism and valvular disease of the heart); to Kitchener Military Hospital, Brighton, 29 March 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 April 1917; discharged to furlough, Dartford, 21 May 1917, and to report to Depot, Wareham, 5 June 1917.

Marched out of No 4 Command Depot, Codford, 31 July 1917, and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, the same day.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Pakeha', 27 August 1917; disembarked Sydney, 24 October 1917; discharged Sydney(medically unfit: cardiac disease), 23 November 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death31 August 1924
Age at death42
Place of burialEugowra Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, PAINTER Richard John

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