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Regimental number1892
Place of birthWexford, Ireland
Addressc/o Mr Buckle, Openshaw Edgar Street, Auburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7.75"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Bolger, Seaview, Baldoyle, Co Dublin, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Discharge date3 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 18th Bn at Gallipoli, 24 October 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 28 November 1915.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 12 December 1915; transferred to 87th Field Ambulance, Mudros East, 18 December 1915 (shell shock); reported for duty, 18th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 1 February 1916.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, Rail Head, 17 February 1916 (decayed teeth); transferred to 6th Field Ambulance, 18 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 6 June 1916 (no further details recorded), and admitted to 7th Field Ambulance; discharged to duty, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 1 August 1916 (gun shot wound, back and chest), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 August 1916; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 4 August 1916; to Ambulance Train and admitted to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers, 4 August 1916. Transferred to England, 25 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 26 August 1916 (wound: slight); discharged to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 21 September 1916; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 September 1916. Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Woolwich, 16 October 1916; to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 3 November 1916; marched in to Infantry Draft Depot, Perham Downs, 22 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 December 1916; rejoined Bn, 9 January 1917.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 22 January 1917; Sergeant, 24 January 1917; Temporary Company Sergeant Major, 29 January 1917; Company Sergeant Major, 11 February 1917.

Admitted to 29th Casualty Clearing Station, 6 July 1917 (fever); rejoined Bn, 7 July 1917.

Selected to attend Infantry Cadet Bn, Oxford University, England, course commencing September.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 2 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1918; rejoined Bn, 27 April 1918.

Accidentally injured, 22 June 1918 (gun shot wound, right buttock; shot by Lewis Gun at musketry range; 2nd Lt BOLGER to blame; no disciplinary action to be taken), and admitted to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 June 1918; transferred to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 June 1918; to England, 30 June 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 1 July 1918; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 September 1918.

Marched in to British Cavalry Base Depot, 7 October 1918; admitted to 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 9 October 1918 (pyrexia unknown origin); discharged to Base Details, 15 October 1918; marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 4 November 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1918; rejoined Bn, 27 November 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 4 April 1919. Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 7 April 1919; discharged, 28 April 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 22 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 20 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 5 July 1919; discharged (appointment terminated), Sydney, 3 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOLGER Denis

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