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Isaac WILSON

Regimental number4005
Place of birthJordanstown, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9.25"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinFather, S O Wilson, 35 Melrose Street, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Discharge date17 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 23 November 1915; disembarked Egypt.

Admitted 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 8 February 1916 (fractured ribs); discharged to duty, 5 March 1916.

Admitted 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 10 March 1916 (fractured ribs – old injury); while in hospital found guilty of drunkenness, 12 March 1916; awarded a fine of 2/6d; discharged to duty, 15 March 1916.

Taken on strength 57th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Found guilty of being absent without leave from a parade duty on the evening of 17 May 1916; awarded seven days’ Field Punishment No. 2.

Found guilty by a Field General Court Martial of striking a superior officer, 23 May 1916; awarded six months’ detention; admitted to Military Prison, Gabbary, Alexandria, 5 June 1916; sentence suspended, 23 August 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 September 1916; disembarked England, and marched into 15th Training Bn, Codford, 3 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 November 1916; disembarked Etaples and marched into 5th Divisional Base Details; taken on strength, 60th Bn, 12 November 1916.

Admitted 5th Divisional Rest Station, 11 March 1917 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 21 March 1917; rejoined unit, 22 March 1916.

Found guilty of being absent without leave from 0815hrs, 28 April, to 1900hrs, 29 April 1917: awarded 14 days’ Field Punishment No. 2 and a total forfeiture of 16 days’ pay, 30 April 1917.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial of being absent without leave from 0815hrs, 1 May, to 1745hrs, 2 May 1917, whilst undergoing sentence of 14 days’ Field Punishment No. 2, 16 May 1917: awarded 29 days’ Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of a total of 31 days’ pay.

Found guilty, 18 July 1917, of being absent without leave from 0655, 16 July, to 2000hrs, 17 July 1917: awarded 14 days’ Field Punishment No. 2.

Found guilty of being absent without leave from 0830hrs to 2100hrs, 2 August 1917 and from 0830hrs to 1430hrs, 3 August 1917; awarded 7 days’ Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of a total of 9 days’ pay.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial of being absent without leave from 0830hrs to 1400hrs, 17 August 1917: awarded 19 days’ Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of a total of 24 days’ pay.

Proceeded to England on leave, 30 January 1918; rejoined unit (under escort), 3 March 1918; found guilty of being absent without leave from 18 February 1918 until surrendering on 26 February 1918: awarded forfeiture of a total of 30 days’ pay.

Found guilty by a Field General Court Martial of desertion after absenting himself without leave on 4 April 1918 having been warned that his Bn was ready to go into the line, and remained absent until apprehended in a town behind the lines on 8 April 1918: awarded 15 years’ penal servitude (not to be committed to prison until further orders), 17 April 1918; sentence suspended, 13 June 1918.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 23 May 1918 (cut knee); transferred to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 27 May 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 26 July 1918.

Transferred t the Australian Employment Company, 4 October 1918; transferred to England, disembarked Southampton and proceeded to Weymouth, 10 December 1918.

Sentence of 15 years remitted, 27 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia aboard HT ‘Nevasa’, 10 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 25 April 1919; discharged Melbourne, 17 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON Isaac

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