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Percival George SURFIELD

Regimental number917
Place of birthWallaroo, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressWallaroo, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.25"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Thomas Surfield, same address
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of vision)
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Discharge date20 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2161 Pte William Frederick SURFIELD, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 22 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 9 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 20 July 1916.

Proceeded to England (date not recorded).

Fund guilty, Lark Hill, 27 July 1916, of drunkenness: awarded 96 hours' detention.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 20 August 1916 (varicose veins); discharged from hospital, 29 August 1916.

Taken on strength, 8th Training Bn, 9 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1916; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 21 November 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 2 December 1916 (trench feet); discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, in the field, 13 December 1916.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 January 1917 (sore feet), and transferred to Anzac Corps Rest Station; discharged to duty, 5 January 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 11 January 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 20 October 1917 (scabies); transferred to 50th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 28 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 19 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 6 January 1918.

Wounded, 2 February 1918 (gun shot wound, left foot: negligently self-inflicted), admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 25, 3 February 1918, and admitted to 23rd General Hospital, Boulogne.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, held at 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 10 March 1918, on charge of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military disciplien (in wounding himslef in the left foot through negligently handling a rifle on 2 February 1918; finding: Guilty; awarded 75 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Discharged to duty from 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 March 1918.

Balance of sentence (57 days) remitted by GOC AIF, 30 April 1918. rejoined unit (after detention), 10 May 1918.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1918 (gun shot wound, chest, right leg and arm), and admitted to 118th Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 2 October 1918; to England, 15 October 1918, and admitted to Kitchener Military Hospital, Brighton, 16 October 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 22 November 1918; discharged on furlough, 29 Novemeber 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 13 December 1918.

Found guilty, 14 December 1918, of being absent without leave from 1000, 13 December, to 1000, 14 December1918: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay; total forfeiture: 2 days' pay.

Found guilty, 5 March 1919, of being absent without leave, 23 February-4 March 1919: awarded forfeiture of 14 days' pay; total forfeiture: 23 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia from P ortland on board HT 'Nevasa', 5 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 18 April 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 20 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 January 1922
Place of burialWallaroo Cemetery, South Australia [plaque erected by Wallaroo RSSILA; no date given]
SourcesNAA: B2455, SURFIELD Percival George

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