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John Henry RILEY

Regimental number3715
Place of birthPittsworth, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGoondiwindi, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 4.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Henry Riley, Goondiwindi, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 June 1917
Place of enlistmentCharters Towers, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 1 August 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3715A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt John Henery Riley on NR
Discharge date8 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 20 August 1918, on charges (1) Deserting His Majesty's Service from 7.30 pm 31 July 1918 until surrendering at 8.30 pm 7 August 1918; (2) Escaping while under arrest. Found Guilty on both charges. Sentenced to 5 years' penal servitude.

Sentence commuted to 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour, 5 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 23 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Brisbane, 8 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RILEY John Henry

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