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Richard UNDERWOOD

Regimental number2039
Place of birthHarrow, London, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGardener
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMr Underwood, Braybrooke, Kingsley Road, South Harrow, England
Enlistment date25 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Employment Company
FateDischarged 23 April 1919
Discharge date23 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Attached to Garrison Headquarters, Zeitoun, 15 March 1916. Taken on strength, Anzac Police Corps, 6 April 1916.

Proceeded to England from Alexandria, 3 August 1916. Transferred to 62nd Bn.

Declared an illegal absentee, 25 June 1917. Found guilty, District Court Martial, Hurdcott, 22 October 1917, of being absent without leave from 21 May to 27 August 1917 until he surrendered at Rugby. Awarded 8 months' detention; 3 months remitted; 305 days' forfeiture of pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 February 1917, and transferred to 2nd Bn.

Married Sybil RUNYARD, Parish Church, Wool, 21 October 1918.

Discharged from the AIF in England, 23 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ballarat' accompanied by wife and 2 children, 26 January 1922.

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

Date of death24 April 1969
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium

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