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Roy Albert SPURWAY

Regimental number1664
Place of birthTransferred to 6th Light Horse Regiment,
ReligionBaptist
OccupationFarmer
Address'Orara', Burlington Road, Homebush, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jessie Spurway, 'Orara,' Burlington Road, Homebush, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 18 February 1919
Discharge date17 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 57354 Pte Hubert SPURWAY, 6th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 28 June 1919; 27268 Sergeant Sydney Cecil SPURWAY, 3rd Division Artillery, returned to Australia, 8 October 1919.
Other details

War service: taken on strength, 2nd Reserve Regiment, Maadi, 1 March 1916.

Transferred to 6th Light horse Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 22 July 1916.

Detached for duty with Railway Company, Royal Engineers, Um Urgn, 5 July 1917; rejoined Regiment from detachment, 28 July 1917.

Marched into Rest Camp, Port Said, 6 September 1917; rejoined Regiment, Kazar, 16 September 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 20 October 1917 (perineal abscess), and transferred same day to Anzac Recovery Station; to 76th Casualty Clearing Station, Rafa, 21 October 1917; to Ambulance Train, 23 October 1917, and admitted same day to 43rd Stationary Hospital, El Arish; transferred to 24th Stationary Hospital, 25 October 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, 27 October 1917; to Convalescent Depot, Abbassia, 31 October 1917; discharged to duty, 10 November 1917.

Found guilty, 7 November 1917, of when on Active Service absenting himself without leave knowing at the time he was warned to be discharged to Montazah at 0730 on the morning of 6-11-17, in that he broke out of the Conv. Depot at Abbassia about 1530 on 5-11-17, and did not return until 1100, 6 November 1917. He was arrested by the Military Policeabout 1800 on 5-11/17. Total Absence 2 hours and 30 mins, Cairo. Awarded forfeiture of 4 days' pay.

Taken on strength, Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 10 November 1917.

Detached to School of Instruction, Moascar, 19 December 1917; rejoined Regiment from detachment, 29 December 1917.

Transferred to 6th Light Horse Regiment, 9 January 1918; taken on strength, 11 January 1918.

Admitted to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, while on leave, 2 September 1918 (colic); discharged to duty, 5 September 1918; rejoined Regiment, in the field, 17 October 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 8 November 1918; Temporary Corporal, 16 November 1918; reverted to Lance Corporal, 4 January 1919.

Admitted to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 15 January 1919; transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 18 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Lancashire', 19 February 1919 (invalided: malaria); arrived Melbourne, 24 March 1919, for onward travel by train to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 17 August 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName of home incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SPURWAY Roy Albert

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