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William WHITE

Regimental number28
Place of birthClare, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o W. Lane, High Street, Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height6' 2"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinMother, (no record of name). Ennistymon, County Clare, Irland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date12 December 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Bakara', 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Hororata' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Reported wounded and missing, 19 July 1916 (gun shot wound); captured at Laventiou, 19 July 1916, and officially held as prisoner of war at Fleurbaix, 20 July 1916; transferred to detention in Gefangenenlager, 31 July 1916.

Embarked Calais for repatriation, 25 November 1918; reported to headquarters, 26 November 1918.

Found guilty at London, 24 January 1919, of being absent without leave, 10.00 am, 3 January, to 24 January 1919: fined 21 days' pay; forfeited total of 42 days' pay; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 January 1919.

Found guilty at Weymouth, 13 March 1919, of being absent without leave, 11.59pm, 28 February, to 9.00 pm, 12 March 1919: fined 20 days' pay; forfeited total of 32 days' pay; temporarily promoted to rank of 2nd Corporal, Tidworth, 1 May 1919; detached from camp staff upon expiration of leave and reversion of rank, 29 July 1919; marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, and given honorary rank of 2nd Corporal, 29 July 1919; taken on strength of Furlough Depot, 8 January 1920, and granted leave subject to recall.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Friedrichsruh', 22 January 1920; disembarked Sydney, 12 March 1920, for onward travel to Brisbane. Discharged Brisbane, 12 December 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHITE William

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