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Richard PUMPHREY

Regimental number2465
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationOrchardist
AddressBakers Hill, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Enright Pumphrey, Bakers Hill, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 March 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A66 Uganda on 20 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Discharge date17 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 20 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 15 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 December 1916; taken on strength, 51st Bn, in the field, 23 December 1916.

Admitted to 76th Field Ambulance, 3 June 1917 (eczema); transferred to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, 13 June 1917; to 25th General Hospital, 15 June 1917. Marched into 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, from hospital, 11 July 1917.

Found guilty of overstaying leave by 9½ hours on 21 July 1917: forfeited a total of 2 days' pay.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 15 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 16 August 1917 (gun shot wound, left shoulder, right hand), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 11th General Hospital, Camiers; to England, 22 August 1917, and admitted same day to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 30 August 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 September 1917.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, from Weymouth, 21 October 1917; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, from Sutton Veny, 6 December 1917.

Found guilty, 31 December 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 27 December 1917, until 0700, 31 December 1917: forfeited 9 days' pay; forfeited a total of 12 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 January 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 8 January 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 21 March 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 11th Casualty Clearing Station, 22 March 1918; to 35th General Hospital, Calais, 25 March 1918; to 25th General Hospital, Calais, 27 March 1918 (scabies); discharged to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 30 March 1918; discharged to Rest Camp, Calais, 9 April 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 22 April 1918.

Wounded in action (third occasion, 25 April 1918 (shrapnel wound, right shoulder), and admitted to 25th Field Ambulance; discharged to duty and rejoined unit same day.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 June 1918 (influenza); discharged to duty, 21 June 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 11 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 27 October 1918.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 3 November 1918 (gonorrhoea), and transferred same day to 41st Stationary Hospital; to No 1 Stationary hospital, 15 November 1918; to 39th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 November 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 5 December 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 33 days. Rejoined unit, in the field, 4 January 1919.

On leave to Brussels, 26 February 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 8 March 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 22 April 1919; marched into No 4 Group, Hurdcott, 23 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Konigin Luise', 21 June 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 2 August 1919; discharged, Perth, 17 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
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