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John James THOMAS

Regimental number261
Place of birthSt Just, Cornwall, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressEsler Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26.3
Height5' 7.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Mrs Gertrude Richards, Esler Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 February 1915
Place of enlistmentInglewood, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919
Discharge date20 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 12 January 1916, of while on Active Service being absent without leave from 1500, 8 January, to 2130, 12 January 1916: total forfeiture: 8 days' pay.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 6 February 1916 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea), and transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia; discharged from hospital, 18 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 42 days.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, 27 March 1916 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); discharged, 31 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 5 days.

Embarked Alexandria, 3 June 1916.

Found guilty by District Court Martial, 4th Training Bn, Rolleston, England, 25 July 1916, of using obscene language to his superior officer: awarded 21 days' detention.

Found guilty, 29 August 1916, of being absent without leave from 6.30 am to 1230, 29 August 1916: deprived of 3 days' pay and awarded 14 days' confined to camp; total forfeiture: 8 days' pay.

Found guilty, 8 September 1916, of being absent without leave, 8-11 September 1916: awarded 7 days' detention, forfeiture of 11 days' pay under Royal Warrant, and Police charges of 4/8d: total forfeiture of pay: 32 days.

Tried by District Court Martial, Rollestone Camp, 11 November 1916, on charges (1) being absent without leave from 7.30 am, 9 October, till 6.15 am, 10 October 1916; being absent without leave from 1.40 pm, 10 October, till 7.30 am, 18 October 1916; conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, i.e. disobeying a lawful command: sentenced to a year's imprisonment with hard labour; 6 months remitted, 14 November 1916; total forfeiture of pay: 214 days.

Unexpired portion of sentence remitted as from 13 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916.

Found guilty of missing draft entrainment at Boulogne, 14 December 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 9 January 1917.

Admitted to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 3 February 1917 (sprained ankle: accidental injury; soldier not to blame); discharged to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 18 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 3 May 1917 (gun shot wound, right hip: slight); admitted to No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, 4 May 1917; transferred to England, 23 May 1917, and admitted to Graylingwell War Hospital, 24 May 1917; transferred to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 11 June 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 July 1917.

Found guilty, 11 July 1917, of being absent without leave from 6 pm, 6 July, until apprehended in London at 1230 am, 8 July 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks, and forfeited 3 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Found guilty, 16 July 1917, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, to wit, stating a falsehood to NCO: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Reported absent without leave, 28 August 1917; returned to No 2 Command Depot from being AWL, 3 September 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 13 days' pay.

Tried by District Court Martial, Weymouth, 5 October 1917, on charges (1) disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer, (2) using insubordinate language to his superior officer; found guilty; sentenced to 9 months' detention; custodial sentence remitted, but forfeited 28 days' pay.

Found guilty, 5 November 1917, of being absent without leave from 3.30 pm, 31 October, to 3 pm, 3 November 1917: awarded 168 hours' detention, and forfeited 13 days' pay.

Found guilty, 7 January 1918, of being absent without leave from 9 am, 5 January, till apprehended at 9.15 am, 6 January 1918: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 6 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 January 1918.

Admitted to No 39 General Hospital, Havre, 12 January 1918 (scabies); discharged to Base Depot, 17 January 1918; rejoined 22nd Bn, in the field, 28 January 1918.

Found guilty, 28 May 1918, of being absent without leave from 1130 vpm, 20 May, until apprehended by Military Police in Amiens about 9.30 am, 21 May 1918: awarded forfeiture of 4 days' pay; total forfeiture: 5 days' pay.

Found guilty, 19 July 1918, of drunkenness: admonished.

Found guilty, 25 August 1918, of being being absent without leave from 5.30 pm, 25 August , until apprehended by Military Police at Abbeville at 6.50 pm, 26 August 1918: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 14 days' pay.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 23 October 1918, on charge on being absent without leave from 8 am, 3 October, to 8.15 am, 7 October 1918; pleaded guilty; found guilty; sentenced to 1 year's imprisonment with hard labour; sentence suspended, 13 November 1918.

Found guilty, 21 December 1918, of being absent without leave from 8.30 am, 18 December, to 7 pm, 20 December 1918: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 13 days' pay.

Found guilty, 27 December 1918, of (1) drunkenness, (2) creating a disturbance: awarded 7 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Rio Negro', 29 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 18 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 20 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medal stamps marked 'Returned, 10/5/23'.
Miscellaneous detailsName given on Embarkation Roll as Jno James THOMAS; address incorrectly entered as Ester Street, Bendigo..
SourcesNAA: B2455, THOMAS John James

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