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Charles Ignatius SEMPILL

Regimental number3326
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
Addressc/o Mrs Haynes, Farnley, Henry Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Sempill, c/o American Exchange, 60 Haymarket, London
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1919
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Discharge date11 March 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 30 April 1915.

Transferred to Divisional Ammunition Column, Gallipoli, 14 July 1915.

Taken on strength, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 6 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 22 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 March 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 25 August 1916; Corporal, 8 November 1916; Temporary Sergeant, 8 October 1917; Sergeant, 8 October 1917.

Detached to Reserve Army Artillery School, 5 May 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 19 May 1918.

Promoted Temporary Battery Sergeant Major, 20 May 1918.

Selected to attend Artillery Cadet School, 20 May 1918.

Joined No 2 Brigade Royal Artillery, Brighton, 15 July 1918, to qualify for a commission in the AIF.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on probation, 3 January 1919.

Proceeded overseas to France, and marched out to Base Depot, Havre, 12 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Benalla', 8 October 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 18 November 1919; appointment terminated (discharged) (Termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 11 March 1920.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SEMPILL Charles Ignatius

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