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Henry Joseph CAIRNS

Regimental number625
Place of birthBelfast, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMotor-driver
AddressDavey Avenue, Oakleigh, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Cairns, Davey Avenue, Oakleigh, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 August 1916
Discharge date19 October 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez from HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 10 May 1916 (neurosis); transferred Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 12 May 1916; to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismalia, 14 May 1916 (irritated heart); to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 22 May 1916; to British Red Cross Hospital, Montazah, 9 June 1916; to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel-el-Kebir, 26 July 1916; to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 28 July 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on HMAT 'Borda', 17 August 1916 (tachycardia); disembarked Melbourne, 16 September 1916. Discharged Melbourne, 19 October 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 May 1973
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAIRNS Henry Joseph

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