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Regimental number554
Place of birthSt Marys, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressNational Bank, Footscray, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinG.H. Trethewey, 24 Cimiterie Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentFootscray, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Ellen TRETHEWEY

Meritorious Service Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date12 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Transferred, 3 April 1915, from 'C' Company, 7th Bn, to 7th Bn Headquarters, and to be Acting Orderly Room Sergeant.

Wounded in action, 8 May 1915; admitted to HS 'Royal George', no date stated; disembarked Malta, 18 May 1915, and transferred to St Andrew's Hospital, Malta, the same day (gunshot wound, left groin); disembarked Alexandria, 1 August 1915, and marched into Overseas Base, Alexandria, the same day.

Rejoined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Promoted Lance Corporal and posted to 'A' Company, 8 August 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 8 August 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 5 September 1915 (dysentery); transferred to HS 'Salta', 5 September 1915; to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 9 September 1915; to Mena Convalescent Depot, 5 October 1915; discharged to duty, 23 October 1915.

Marched out of Australian Overseas Base, 19 January 1916, and rejoined 7th Bn, Tel el Kebir, the same day.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916; promoted Orderly Room Sergeant, 24 February 1916.

Attached to Australian Records Section, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 21 March 1916.

Promoted Staff Sergeant, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Attached to Australian Records Section, British Expeditionary Force, Rouen, 3 July 1916.

Admitted to No 10 General Hospital, Rouen, 25 November 1916 (abscess, face); rejoined Records Section, 28 November 1916.

On leave, 9 December 1916; rejoined unit, 18 December 1916.

On Command at 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 January 1917; rejoined unit, 22 January 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 9 February 1917 (not yet diagnosed); discharged and rejoin Records Section, 4 March 1917 (venereal disease); total period of treatment for venereal disease: 24 days.

Promoted to Extra Regimental Warrant Officer, Class I, 5 March 1917.

On leave, 30 June 1917; rejoined unit, 11 July 1917.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 14 July 1918; rejoined unit, 30 July 1918.

Ceased to be attached to Australian Records Section, British Expeditionary Force, 4 October 1918, and proceeded to England for return to Australia the same day; reported to Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, London, 5 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 20 November 1918 (Special Leave, 1914); disembarked Melbourne, 5 January 1919; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit: cardiac hypertorphy), 12 March 1919.

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, MSBV
Date of death21 December 1921
Age at death27
Place of burialCarr Villa Cemetery, Launceston, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, TRETHEWEY Harold

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