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Harry Henry RATH

Regimental number2196
Place of birthForbes, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBogan Gate Road, Forbes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinBrother, R T Rath, Orange Road, Forbes, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Senior Cadets; previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of heart.
Enlistment date2 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Discharge date27 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 17th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 4 November 1917 (gassed), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 5th Convalescent Depot, 19 November 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 23 November 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 December 1917.

Admitted to 47th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 May 1918 (pyrexia, known origin); discharged to duty, 3 June 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 June 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 3 October 1918 (gas shell), and admitted to 12th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 72nd General Hospital, 6 October 1918 (gas shell wound); to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 17 October 1918.

Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, Havre, 28 October 1918, of being concerned in unlawfully purchasing one pair of riding breeches: awarded 6 months' imprisonment with hard labour, and forfeiture of a total of 189 days' pay.

Discharged from hospital, 21 November 1918; rejoined Bn, 27 november 1918.

Sentence remitted, 2 February 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 30 May 1919; marched in to No 2 Group, 5 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Nestor', 20 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 4 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 27 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RATH Harry Henry

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