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Albert John YOURALL

Regimental number2533
Place of birthIreland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressCousins Street, Springhill, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 2.5"
Weight110 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Rose Yourall, c/o Mrs Ishismale, corner Gray and Russell Streets, South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date2 May 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 19 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Other details

Attestation Form marked 'Not known' against 'Town of birth'.

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 19 September 1916. Found absent from 'Seang Choon', 6 November 1916, in Durban, South Africa; apprehended by Military Police and placed in civil gaol for safe custody, 6 November 1916; no disciplinary action taken; embarked Durban on board HT 'Borda', 9 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.

Marched in to 13th Training Bn, 6 February 1917. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 9 February 1917; transferred to Parkhouse, 16 March 1917; discharged, 19 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 70 days. Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 20 April 1917; to 13th Training Bn, 27 April 1917. Found guilty, 17 May 1917, of being absent without leave from 8 am, 15 May, to 8 pm, 16 May 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 9 days' pay. Marched out to 13th Training Bn, 11 August 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1917; taken on strength, 52nd Bn, 17 September 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 27 October 1917; pleaded 'not guilty' to charge of when on Active Service deserting His Majesty's Service from 12/10/17 to 13/10/17 - 2 days. Found guilty: awarded 5 years' penal servitude; sentence commuted by Commander-in-Chief to 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour, 27 October 1917. Admitted to No 2 Military Prison, Havre, 29 November 1917. Released from prison, 16 November 1918, and entrained for the front; remainder of sentence suspended as from date of release.

Transferred to 49th Bn, 18 November 1918.

Detached to Corps Employment, 10 February 1919. Rejoined 49th Bn, 25 March 1919. Unexpired portion of sentence remitted, 18 April 1919. Marched out to England, 22 April 1919; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 23 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Swakopmund', 15 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 12 August 1919; discharged, 26 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, YOURALL Albert John

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