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Reginald BLAIR

Regimental number1402
Place of birthNewstead, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 5.5"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Daniel Blair, Lyons Street, Newstead, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in 8th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; left the district.
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHamilton, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date22 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to 16th Casualty Clearing Station, 29 August 1915 (enteritis); transferred to St John's Hospital, Malta, 4 September 1915 (diarrhoea); to England, 9 September 1915, and admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London SE, 16 September 1915 (severe).

Transferred to Command Depot, Perham Downs, from Montevideo Camp, Weymouth, 28 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, and marched in to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 29 July 1916; rejoined 16th Bn, in the field, 19 August 1916.

Reported 'Missing in Action', 11 April 1917; subsequently reported captured at Reincourt, and interned at Limburg, Germany.

Arrived in England, 18 December 1918.

Found guilty, 9 April 1919, of being absent without leave, 10 am, 9 March, to 2 pm, 8 April 1919: forfeited 28 days' pay; total forfeiture: 29 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'China', 1 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 8 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 22 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death22 April 1942
Age at death54
Place of burialMuckleford Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLAIR Reginald

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