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Sydney ABBOTT

Regimental number1340
Place of birthGoulburn, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
Address65 Mitchell Street, Alexandria, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Katherine Abbott, Cowper Street, Goulburn, New South Wales
Previous military serviceAustralian Rifles Regiment (3 years)
Enlistment date23 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1919
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialLone Pine Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 3), Gallipoli
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
32
Discharge date25 May 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Evacuated to hospital, Gallipoli, 18 October 1915; admitted to HS 'Nevasa', no date stated; transferred to St Patrick's Hospital, Malta, 27 October 1915 (entritis, and slight wound); to All Saints' Hospital, Malta, 11 November 1915; discharged to active service, 7 December 1915.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 23 May 1916, of (1) of being absent without leave; (2) of an act to the prejudice or good order and military discipline in that he used a document purporting to be a genuine pass: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 26 June 1916, of drunkeness: award, fined 2/6 and forfeits 7 days' pay.

Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 22 July 1916 (cellulitis); discharged to duty, 29 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 2 August 1916, and proceeded to England.

Classified 'A', No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 4 September 1916.

Reclassified 'B1A2', Perham Downs, 16 April 1917.

Reported as absent without leave in error, 30 April 1917.

Reclassified 'B1A2', 30 April 1917.

Reclassified 'B1A4', 21 June 1917.

Reclassified 'A3', 27 September 1917.

Found guilty, No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 4 October 1917, of being absent without leave from 1200 hours, 1 October 1917, until 2030 hours, 2 October 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeits 2 days' by Royal Warrant.

Reclassified 'B1A4', 5 October 1917.

Marched out of No 1 Command Depot, 9 October 1917, and marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 October 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 13 December 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 15 December 1917; rejoined 17th Bn, 23 December 1917.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 21 January 1918, and transferred to Divisional Rest Station the same day (septic eye); to 4th Army Optician, 24 January 1918; discharged to duty, 26 January 1918; rejoined unit, 28 January 1918.

Admitted to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 12 May 1918 (boils, back); transferred to No 6 General Hospital, Rouen, 13 May 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 14 May 1918; to No 6 General Hospital, Rouen, 16 May 1918; to England, 24 May 1918; to No 2/1 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 25 May 1918; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 7 June 1918; discharged to furlough, 10 June 1918, and to report to No 1 Command Depot, 24 June 1918.

Posted as absent without leave, 24 June 1918; reported to Officer Commanding London troops, 26 June 1918.

Found guilty, 26 June 1918, of being absent without leave from 1030 hours, 24 June 1918, until 1100 hours, 26 June 1918: award, forfeits 4 days' pay, and total forfeiture of 6 days' pay.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 28 June 1918.

Found guilty, 26 August 1918, of being absent without leave from 0001 hours, 17 August 1918, until 2145 hours, 23 August 1918: awarded 12 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeits 20 days' pay.

Found guilty, 29 August 1918, whilst undergoing 12 days' Field Punishment No 2 of failing to answer Defaulters' Calls from 1700 hours, 26 June 1918, and failing to answer any calls since: awarded 24 hours' detention.

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, 2 September 1918.

Marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 9 December 1918.

Marched into No 1 Group, Longbridge Deverill, no date stated.

Marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 29 July 1919.

Married Rosetta COOK, 27 August 1919.

Posted on indefinite leave while awaiting family boat, 26 September 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 20 December 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 6 February 1920; discharged Sydney (medically unfit), 25 May 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABBOTT Sydney

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