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James WREN

Regimental number3690
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressConcord, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Wren, Wilbank Street, Concord, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 October 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Pioneer Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/13/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Discharge date30 November 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on 'Anchises', 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, 27 March 1917, and marched into Pioneers Training Bn.

Found guilty, 4 June 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 23 April, to 1.00 pm, 17 May 1917: awarded 24 days' detention; forfeited total of 65 days' pay.

Admitted to King George Hospital, 17 May 1917; discharged to Pioneers Training Bn, 25 May 1917; temporarily attached to 7th Training Squadron, 7 June 1917, and moved out to Chelmsford detention barracks. Transferred to 17th Bn and taken on strength, 11 July 1917. Proceeded to France from Southampton, 9 October 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 10 October 1917; moved out to unit, 13 October 1917; taken on strength of 17th Bn, 14 October 1917.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, Belgium, 14 January 1918, and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 55th General Hospital, 14 January 1918 (sciatica). Embarked Boulogne on HS 'St. David' and proceeded to England, 20 January 1918; admitted to General Military Hospital, Edmonton, 21 January 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 12 February 1918; discharged on furlough, 11 March 1918. Admitted to Military Hospital, Belfast, 19 March 1918 (sciatica); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 19 June 1918; discharged on furlough, 27 June 1918.

Found guilty, 23 July 1918, of being absent without leave, 11.00 am, 3 July, to 10.00 am, 23 July 1918: awarded 21 days' detention; forfeited total of 41 days' pay. Admitted to Lewes Detention Barracks to serve time, 25 July 1918; released to Longbridge Overseas Training Bn, Deverill, 12 August 1918.

Proceeded to France from Folkestone, 15 August 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 17 August 1918; marched out, 18 August 1918; rejoined unit in field, 20 August 1918.

Admitted to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 August 1918 (put under observation); transferred to Ambulance Train, 31 August 1918; to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 1 September 1918 (not yet determined); to Convalescent Depot, 4 September 1918; discharged to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 14 September 1918; marched out, 23 September 1918, and rejoined unit in field. Admitted to 58th Casualty Clearing Station, 3 October 1918 (sciatica); transferred to 8th Ambulance Train, 4 October 1918, and admitted to 72nd General Hospital. Proceeded to England on HS 'Kinsfaucastle', 21 October 1918; admitted to Bath War Hospital, 22 October 1918; discharged on furlough, 26 November 1918.

Found guilty, 11 December 1918, of being absent without leave, 10.00 am, 10 December, to 11.00 am, 12 December 1918: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay, forfeited total of 2 days' pay; granted leave from Post Office Command, 13 March 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 19 March 1919; leave extended, 27 March 1919, to attend Belfast boiler-maker's course; marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 11 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Suevic', 23 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 10 September 1919. Discharged Sydney, 30 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WREN James

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