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Joseph Edward BRENNAN

Regimental number2897
Place of birthKillenan, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address8 Wilson Street, East Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9.75"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edward Brennan, 5 Trallee Street, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 7 years 6 months in the British Army.
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia
Discharge date25 April 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Field General Court Marshal, 6 January 1916: charge: (1) striking his Superior Officer, (2) using insubordinate language to his Superior Officer, (3) offering violence to his Superior Officer and (4) striking his Superior Officer); pleaded not guilty to 1st, 2nd and 3rd charges, but guilty of 4th charge; found guilty of 1st, 3rd and 4th charges, but not guilty of 2nd charge: sentenced to 2 years' Imprisonment with hard labour.

Proceeded overseas from Alexandria, 30 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 June 1916.

Field General Court Marshal, Etaples, 25 June 1916: charge: (1) being absent without leave, 6 June 1916, (2) drunkenness, (3) escaping from confinement and (4) offering violence to his Superior Officer: sentenced to 3 years' penal servitude.

Admitted from Field Punishment Station and transferred to Rouen, 3 August 1916.

Admitted to 12th General Hospital, while under arrest, Rouen, 7 August 1916 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to 18th General Hospital, Carniers, 11 August 1916 (slight venereal disease: total period of treatment, 18 days); discharged to Base, 30 August 1916.

Marched in to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, 31 August 1916; marched out to Prison, 12 September 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, while in Prison, 19 September 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged and re-admitted to Military Prison, 18 October 1916.

Released from Prison (sentence expired) and handed to an escort for conduct to Marseilles to serve sentence in Egypt, 15 January 1917; embarked Marseilles, 30 January 1917; disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 2 February 1917; admitted to Citadel Detention Barracks, Cairo, 10 February 1917; 'special release: transferred to Australia for disciplinary reasons', 6 March 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Willochra', from Suez, 8 March 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 25 April 1917 (still undergoing sentence); discharged, 25 April 1917 (disciplinary reasons).

Medals: none (not eligible for War Medals)
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRENNAN Joseph Edward

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