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Regimental number4320
Date of birth26 September 1899
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address96 Merton Street, Rozelle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.5"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Burns, 96 Merton Street, Rozelle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 April 1917
Age at death from cemetery records17.6
Place of burialHermies Hill British Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 15), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Found guilty, 27 January 1916, of (1) disobeying an order of an NCO; (2) refusing to give his name: fined 1 day's pay.

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 14 September 1916.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, 23 February 1916 (incontinence of urine), and transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital; discharged to unit, 21 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 13th Bn, Serapeum, 29 March 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, 6 April 1916 (cystitis); transferred to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 11 April 1916 (dysentery).

Proceeded to Englad (details not entered on Form B103).

Tried by District Court Martial, Bhurtpore Barracks, 26 July 1916, on charge of striking his superior Officer in the execution of his office, in that he at No 2 Camp, Perham Downs, on the 9.6.16 struck with his fist on the head, Lieut Cooper, who had placed under arrest Pte Delaney; found guilty: awarded 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour; sentence confirmed but commuted to detention for 90 days; forfeited 128 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1916; balance of sentence (48 days) remitted.

Joined 2nd Bn, in the field, Belgium, 18 September 1916.

Found guilty, 17 October 1916, of refusing to obey an order in that he refused to go on guard when duly warned by Orderly Sergeant, 16 October 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 22 January 1917, of disobedience of orders in that he was absent from Parade at 0830 on 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th January 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

On Command, Divisional School, 5 February 1917.

Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital from Divisional School, 27 February 1917 (trench fever); rejoined Bn from hospital, 23 March 1917.

Killed in action, 9 April 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsTrue age understated on Attestation Form.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SUMMERS Roger

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