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Sidney Vernon RAY

Regimental number3882
Place of birthBroadsound, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNebo via Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 10"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Maria Ray, 137 Annandale Street, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 September 1915
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Discharge date11 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 6 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 June 1916.

Reported wounded and missing, 21 July 1916; admitted to 30th General Hospital, Calais (gun shot wound, scalp), 21 July 1916; transferred to England, 30 July 1916, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 November 1916; rejoined 31st Bn, in the field, 1 December 1916.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 14 December 1916 (orchitis), and transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 15 December 1916, and admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 December 1916; transferred to England, 17 December 1916, and admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, 19 December 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 31 March 1917; discharged on furlough, 7 April 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 23 April 1917.

Transferred to 69th Bn, Hurdcott, 1 May 1917.

Found guilty, 23 July 1917, of overstaying leave pass from noon, 21 July, until he reported back at 6 pm, 22 July 1917: awarded forfeiture of 4 days' pay; total forfeiture: 6 days' pay.

Transferred to 31st Bn, 19 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; taken on strength, 31st Bn, in the field, 26 October 1917.

Admitted to 8the Australian Field Ambulance, 8 December 1917 (influenza and debility), and transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station; to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 12 December 1917; to 7th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 8 January 1918; to England, 9 January 1918, and admitted to 2/1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 10 January 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 22 January 1918 (trench feet); discharged on furlough, 5 February 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 19 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karmala', 2 January 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 11 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 June 1934
Place of burialToowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, RAY Sidney Vernon

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