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Regimental number38807
Place of birthHomebush, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of Christ
Address'Meroo', Beresford Road, Homebush, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.5"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, Benjamin Rourke, 'Meroo', Beresford Road, Homebush, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Militia (Army Medical Corps) for 6 months.
Enlistment date2 April 1917
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 33
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/128/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 19 December 1917
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Discharge date21 May 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: Major Henry Gordon ROURKE MC, 3rd Division Artillery, returned to Australia, 20 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 19 December 1917; disembarked Suez, 16 January 1918.

Embarked Alexandria, 23 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, italy, 4 February 1918; entrained to Cherbourg, 7 February 1918; detrained Cherbourg, 14 February 1918; embarked Cherbourg, 14 February 1918; disembarked Southampton, 15 February 1918; marched in to RBAA, Heytsbury, 15 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 May 1918; taken on strength, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, 29 June 1918.

Transferred to 7th Field Artillery Brigade, 25 September 1918.

Sick to hospital, 29 October 1918; transferred same day to 55th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train No. 33 to1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 1 November 1918 (diarrhoea); to England, 30 November 1918, and admitted to New End Hospital, Hampstead, 4 December 1918 (anaemia); to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 December 1918; discharged to No. 2 command Depot, Weymouth, 19 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nevasa', 5 March 1919; disembarked Sydney, 25 April 1919; discharged, 21 May 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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