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William Sampson BUSH

Regimental number2302
Place of birthCanning Town, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 7.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Mrs C Anderson, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 November 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Discharge date6 December 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, England

Embarked Adelaide, 9 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 5 June 1916; disembarked England (date not recorded).

Taken on strength, 8th Training Bn, 27 August 1916.

Trnsferred to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 21 September 1916.

Tried by District Court Martial, Larkhill, 20 July 1917, of charge deserting His Majesty's Service in that he at No. 6 Camp, Perhams Downs, 7 November 1916, was absent without leave from 10th Bn from 7 November 1916 unil apprehended by the Civil power at Canning Town, 9 May 1917, when he was dressed in plain clothes; found Not Guilty of desertion, but Guilty of being absent without leave: awarded 6 months' detention, and forfeited a total of 439 days' pay.

Unexpired portion of the sentence - 83 days - to be remitted as from 28 October 1917.

On Command, Cookery School, Tidworth, 24 February 1918.

Marched in to No 1 Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 25 April 1918.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, 25 June 1918 (influenza); discharged to Training Depot, 29 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Medic', 24 August 1918 (cardiac weakness); disembarked Melbourne, 11 October 1918, for onward travel by train to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 6 December 1918.

Medal: British War Medal
Date of death12 June 1923
Age at death49
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Path 5, Grave 8 East), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUSH William Sampson

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