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Regimental number1407
Place of birthBallycastle, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address'Kiaora', Surrey Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Mary Purcell, 42 Delavel Terrace, Blyth, Northumberland, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Hawkes Bay on 23 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 17 July 1919
Discharge date27 March 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

On details, Maadi, Egypt, 27 December 1915.

Marched out to Serapeum, Egypt, 23 February 1916.

With regiment, Deir el Belah, Palestine, 25 April, 1917.

To rest camp, Port Said, 12 October 1917; rejoined unit, 22 October 1917.

Found guilty, 5 February 1918, of being out of bounds, 2 February 1918; awarded 72 hours Field Punishment No 2; forfeited 15 shillings.

To hospital, 25 May 1918 (sick); to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Jericho, 25 May 1918 (intestinal colic); to Australian Recreational Centre, 25 May 1918 (ulcer); to 65th Casualty Clearing Station, Jerusalem, 28 May 1918; to 26th Casualty Clearing Station, 29 May 1918; to 36th Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 30 May 1918; to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 3 June 1918; to No 14 Australian General Hospital, 4 June 1918 (gastritis); transferred to Assistant Director of Medical Services for 14 days’ sick leave, 7 September 1918; marched into Australian Training Regiment, Moascar, 18 September 1918; marched out, 16 October 1918; rejoined unit, 17 October 1918.

Detached to Batman for Brigadier-General Ryrie, 20 December 1918; rejoined unit, 2 January 1919.

To hospital, 12 January 1919 (sick); admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 12 January 1919; rejoined unit, 15 January 1919.

To hospital, Quesna, Egypt, 19 April 1919 (sick); admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 19 April 1919 (injury, right knee joint); to rest camp, 10 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia, from Egypt, on board HT ‘Dunluce Castle', 17 July 1919; granted non military employment on voyage, 17 July 1919; disembarked, Sydney, 30 August 1919; discharged, 27 March 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 February 1965
Place of burialRandwick Cemetery

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