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Michael John BYRNE

Regimental number5798
Place of birthTipperary, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressNudgee PO, Nudgee, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 4.5"
Weight113 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Patrick Byrne, Nudgee PO, Nudgee, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 May 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919
Discharge date24 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Brisbane, 21 October 1916; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 10 January 1917; marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 1 January 1917.

Admitted to Parkhouse Military Hospital (venereal disease), 8 February 1917; discharged to duty, 16 May 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 98 days.

Marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 16 May 1917; proceeded overseas to France from Southampton, 26 June 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, France, 26 June 1917; proceeded to join unit, 16 July 1917; taken on strength of 25th Bn, 18 July 1917; appointed Lance Corporal, 25 January 1918.

Found guilty, 2 May 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 4 pm, 25 April 1918, until 7 pm, 27 April 1918: reduced to the ranks, forfeited 3 days' pay.

Reverted to Private, 3 May 1918.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance (pyrexia, unknown origin), 7 May 1918; to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 May 1918; to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 8 May 1918; to England, 11 May 1918; admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Setley, England, 12 May 1918; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 May 1918; discharged, 29 May 1918, on furlough until, 12 June 1918, to report to Hurdcott Command Depot; marched into Hurdcott Command Depot, 12 June 1918; marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, 12 September 1918; marched out to Parkhouse, 20 September 1918; taken on strength of Machine Gun Training Depot, Parkhouse, 20 September 1918; proceeded overseas to France from Folkestone, 28 November 1918; marched into Machine Gun Company Base Depot, Camiers, France, 29 November 1918; marched out to and taken on strength of 2nd Machine Gun Bn, 1 December 1918; on leave to the United Kingdom, 4 April 1919; rejoined Bn from leave, 23 April 1919; marched out for return to Australia, 9 may 1919; embarked for England, 16 May 1919; marched into Sutton Veny Command Depot, 17 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Chemnitz', 7 July 1919; disembarked Sydney for onward travel to Brisbane, 8 September 1919; discharged, Brisbane, 24 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BYRNE Michael John

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