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Joseph Patrick RICE

Regimental number3470
Place of birthNewcastle, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressHamilton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 2.5"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Rice, Cleary Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Previous military serviceAustralian Military Forces (5 weeks)
Enlistment date14 November 1916
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Eliza RICE
Discharge date27 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917, and marched into 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 October 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 13 October 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 15 October 1917; taken on strength of 56th Bn, 26 October 1917.

Deatched to 14th Bde Headquarters Dump, 17 April 1918.

Wounded in action, 24 April 1918; admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 April 1918, and transferred to No 4 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gassed); to No 5 Ambulance Train, 25 April 1918; to No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, 26 April 1918; to England, 1 May 1918; to No 1 Southern General Hospital, Strawbridge Section, Birmingham, 2 May 1918; discharged to furlough, 11 May 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 28 May 1918 (Class B1A3).

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 21 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 July 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 18 July 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 20 July 1918; rejoined 56th Bn, 23 July 1918.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 17 August 1918; admitted to No 61 Casualty Clearing Station, 17 August 1917 and transferred to No 5 Ambulance Train the same day (shrapnel wound to chest and left arm); to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 18 August 1918; to England, 23 August 1918; to No 1 Birmingham War Hospital, Rednal, 24 August 1918; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 9 October 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 14 October 1918.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 3 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Mamari', 21 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 4 February 1919; discharged Sydney (medically unfit: gunshot wound chest), 27 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death15 November 1938
Age at death48
Place of burialSandgate Cemetery, Newcastle, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, RICE Joseph Patrick

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