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Regimental number1229
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPeak Hill
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 7.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Bernard Byrne, Geraldton, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 14 July 1915. Taken on strength, 32nd Bn, 22 September 1915.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death40
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMAT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, 17 March 1916, of being absent from the 0845 and the 1445 parades: awarded 2 days' confined to camp, forfeits one day's pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Found guilty, 6 July 1916, of (1) leaving his picquet without permission, (2) absent without leave from 0915 hours until 2130 hours: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BYRNE James

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