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Sinton WATSON

Regimental number117
Place of birthDown, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressLakes Creek, Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 4"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs S. Harrington, Pump Creek, Camboon, Banana, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 10 months in the Royal Ininskillen Fusiliers; purchased discharge.
Enlistment date11 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
The Machine Gun Section of 31st Bn left from Melbourne on two ships, HMAT A62 'Wandilla', embarking on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41 'Bakara', embarking on 5 November 1915. From the Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish on which ship an individual sailed.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A61 Bakara on 5 November 1915
The Machine Gun Section of 31st Bn left from Melbourne on two ships, HMAT A62 'Wandilla', embarking on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41 'Bakara', embarking on 5 November 1915. From the Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish on which ship an individual sailed.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919
Discharge date14 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915. Transferred to 8th Brigade Machine Gun Company, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916; taken on strength, 8th Machine gun Company, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action and reported missing, 20 July 1916; subsequently reported to be Prisoner of War in Germany (shrapnel wound, right leg and left side). Interned in Gefangenen Lazarette Ohrdruf.

Arrived in England from Germany, 17 January 1919. Granted leave until 14 February 1919. Reported absent without leave, 15 February 1919: returned, 19 February 1919, and lateness excused on medical grounds. Found guilty, 4 March 1919, of being absent without leave from 10 am, 24/2/19, to 9 am, 4/3/19: forfeited a total of 16 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Shropshire', 1 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 16 May 1919; re-embarked on board HT 'Dongala' for Brisbane, 17 May 1919; discharged, 14 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATSON Sinton

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