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Henry Clarke BLACK

Regimental number4144
Place of birthBallymena, Co Antrim, Ireland
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7.25"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinFather, R Black, Childers, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Conspicuous courage and devotion to duty in establishing and maintaining communications. (Bullecourt 6-7 May 1917).'
Recommendation date: 15 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1918
Discharge date4 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked, Brisbane, 3 January 1916; disembarked, Alexandria, Egypt, 19 February 1916.

Embarked, Alexandria, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 4 April 1916; proceeded to join unit, 12 May 1916; taken on strength of 9th Bn, Steenweeke, 14 May 1916.

Admitted to Hospital (gun shot wound cheek), Field, 2 July 1916; transferred to 14th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 6 July 1916; to England, 7 July 1916; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, England, 8 July 1916; transferred to Tidworth, 24 July 1916; proceeded on furlough, 29 August 1916; marched into Perham Downs Command Depot; proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 16 January 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 17 January 1917; proceeded to unit, 19 January 1917; rejoined Bn, 20 January 1917; appointed Lance Corporal, 4 February 1917; promoted Temporary Corporal, 13 May 1917; awarded Military Medal, 2 July 1917; to Intelligence course, 4 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 19 July 1917; to Lewis Gun School, Belgium, 9 September 1917; promoted to Corporal to complete establishment, France, 3 October 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound arm, leg), Belgium, 7 October 1917; transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 7 October 1917; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 8 October 1917; to England, 11 October 1917; admitted to Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, 12 October 1917; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 21 November 1917; discharged on furlough on, 3 January 1918, until,17 January 1917, to report to Weymouth Command Depot; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, 21 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 1 June 1918; disembarked, Sydney for Brisbane, 21 July 1918; discharged, 4 July 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLACK Henry Clarke

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