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Albert William BIRRELL

Regimental number582
Place of birthCarcoar, New South Wales
OccupationBusiness manager
Address48A Elizabeth Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 4"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinFather, David Birrell, Sunbeam, Carcoar, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 September 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 9, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/14/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Discharge date2 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 May 1917; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 28 June 1917 (influenza); discharged from hospital, 30 June 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 20 July 1917, and marched into 9th Training Bn, Durrington.

Marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 24 September 1917.

Found guilty, 13 October 1917, of, at Belton Park, neglecting to obey a lawful command of his Commanding Officer: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 January 1918; taken on strength, 24th Machine Gun Company, in the field, 18 January 1918.

Unit designation changed to 4th Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 27 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 16 November 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 22 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from London on board HT 'Swakopmund', 15 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 2 August 1919; discharged, Sydney, 2 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BIRRELL Albert William

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