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Albert Arthur BLISS

Regimental number1786
Date of birth26 May 1892
Place of birthFoster, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRabbit trapper
AddressMoe, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Jane Bliss, Moe, Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in School Cadets, Glenferrie; member for 2 years of Moe Rifle Club; still a member at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date18 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Discharge date17 October 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1790 Pte Victor Edwin BLISS, 2nd Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 25 August 1917; 2577 Pte Charles Alexander BLISS, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 4 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Medierranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.

Admitted to 13th Casualty Clearing Station, 2 October 1915 (myalgia); discharged to duty, 11 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Cairo, 31 December 1915 (deafness); transferred to Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 12 January 1916; discharged to duty, 28 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 2 August 1916 (gun shot wound, right leg); admitted to 4th General Hospital, Camiers, 4 August 1916; transferred to England, 21 August 1916, and admitted to Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital; to Woodcote Park Hospital, 3 October 1916; to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 October 1916.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, from furlough, 22 November 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 27 November 1916; discharged, 5 February 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 71 days.

Found guilty, 7 February 1917, of endeavouring to obtain a pass under false pretences: awarded 28 days' detention.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 August 1917.

Admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 6 December 1917 (septic sore); discharged to duty, 16 December 1917.

Admitted to 50th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 January 1918 (accident: burns to arms and face); discharged to duty, 1 February 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 20 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 5 November 1918.Marched out for return to Australia, 2 February 1919; disembarked Weymouth, 13 February 1919.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 7 March 1919; discharged, 20 March 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 14 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Norman', 4 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 18 August 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 17 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II (anti-aircraft artillery, Civil Construction Corps): enlisted, 11 October 1941; discharged, 23 September 1947, as V143095 Corporal, 4th Australian Army Troops, Royal Australian Engineers.
Date of death6 June 1969
Age at death77
Place of burialFawkner Memorial Gardens, Fawkner, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLISS Albert Arthur

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