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Francis James BYRNE

Regimental number865
Place of birthCorowa, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressPO, Moyhu, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 11.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Joseph Byrne, PO, Moyhu, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 12 months in the 16th Australian Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces, Wangaratta.
Enlistment date25 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Place of enlistmentWangaratta, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAnzac Cyclist Battalion, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number12/2/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollCyclists' Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Discharge date26 October 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 May 1917; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 14 May 1917; discharged from ship's hospital, 8 June 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 26 days; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 July 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 23 July 1917; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, 3 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 12 days.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 5 August 1917; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, 23 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 19 days.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 17 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1917; taken on strength, 2nd Anzac Cyclists' Bn, 1 December 1917.

Transferred to Australian Corps Cyclists' Bn, 16 January 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 20 May 1918 (disordered action of the heart); transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, 23 May 1918; to Ambulance Train No 17, 28 May 1918, and admitted to 32nd Stationary Hospital; transferred to 1st Convalescent Depot, 6 June 1918.

Found guilty, 2 June 1918, of when on Active Service disobedience of Hospital Standing Orders: breaking out of bounds: awarded forfeiture of 7 days' pay.

Classified B2 (unfit) by Medical Board, Base Depot, Havre, 9 July 1918, and transferred to England.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Medic', 24 August 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 11 October 1918; discharged (medically unfit: debility), Melbourne, 26 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death22 August 1935
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, BYRNE Francis James

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