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George Albert PARKES

Regimental number2484
Place of birthTumbarumba, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressTumbarumba, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 9.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Clara Parkes, Tumbarumba, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 May 1916
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Discharge date21 July 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 30 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1916; taken on strength, 55th Bn, in the field, 8 February 1917.

Found guilty, 10 September 1917, of when on Active Service being absent from 9 am parade, 10 September 1917: awarded 2 days' pack drill.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 7 October 1917, on charge of when on Active Service being absent without leave, 9 am, 16 September, to 5.15 pm, 28 September 1917; pleaded Guilty; found Guilty: awarded 1 year's imprisonment with hard labour, and forfeited 21 days' pay.

Admitted to No 1 Military Prison, Rouen, 17 November 1917.

Released from prison, 17 June 1918 (sentence suspended), and entrained to rejoin Bn; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 4 July 1918 (gun shot wound, left arm and left buttock); admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 5 July 1918, and transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station (condition 'dangerous'); to Ambulance Train, 11 July 1918, and admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 25 July 1918, and admitted same day to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 21 August 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 4 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 12 December 1918 (suspended sentence now remitted); disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney.

Discharged from the AIF, 21 July 1920, in consequence of being illegally absent from 9 April 1919 to 21 July 1920.

Deemed ineligible to receive medals.

Medals restored by Army Order 298/1920, 1 February 1922.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress misspelled as Tumberumba on Embarkation Roll.
Date of death18 May 1967
SourcesNAA: B2455, PARKES George Albert

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