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Octavius John PYNE

Regimental number2428
Place of birthMount Barker, South Australia
SchoolChristian Brothers School, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTelegraph linesman
AddressStrathalbvn, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, John Aloysius Pyne, Strathalbyn, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date25 March 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 17 March 1917
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialBologne Eastern Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row A, Grave No. 184), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: J.and A. PYNE, Adelaide, South Australia. Native of Mount Barker, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 937 Pte Patrick Thomas PYNE, 10th Bn, killed in action, 25 April 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 11 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 3 January 1916, of breaking camp and remaining absent until apprehended by a Picquet, 2 January 1916: awarded 14 days' detention and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Found guilty, 12 December 1916, of while on furlough in London, refusing to show his pass to an M.P.; (2) attempting to strike a Military Policeman; (3) using insulting language: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Rejoined Bn from furlough, 4 April 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 30 January 1917, on charge of when on Active Service drunkenness in Bresle on 24 January 1917: found guilty; awarded 30 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 36 days' pay.

Wounded in action, 26 February 1917 (gun shot wound, head, fractured skull), and admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 1 March 1917.

Died of wounds, 17 March 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PYNE Octavius John

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