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Regimental number1887
Date of birth23 June 1890
Place of birthAberdeen, Scotland
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Chrissie Chapman, Fingask Cottage, Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Enlistment date26 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 March 1920
Discharge date15 May 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 3 May 1916; disembarked Egypt, 13 June 1916. Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 August 1916. Transferred to 41st Bn, 23 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas from England to France, 24 November 1916. Wounded in action, 31 July 1917 (shell wound, right thigh). Transferred to England and admitted to Reading war Hospital, 14 August 1917. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 30 August 1917. Discharged and granted furlough, 7 September 1917, to report to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 February 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 9 February 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 26 May 1918 (influenza); transferred to England, 13 June 1918, and admitted to 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, 14 June 1918. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 July 1918. Granted furlough, 5 July 1918 to report to No. 4 Command Depot, 19 July 1918. Found guilty, 23 July 1918, of being absent without leave, 19-23 July 1918: awarded forfeiture of 14 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 September 1918; rejoined unit, 18 September 1918.

Marched out for repatriation, 2 April 1919. Granted period of Non-Military Employment (farming, Aberdeenshire), 10 June-10 September 1919): pay only. Married Mary Ann GILLAN, in Aberdeen, 2 September 1919.

Commenced return to Australia with wife on board HT 'Zealandia', 27 March 1920; disembarked Sydney, 14 May 1920; discharged, 15 May 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales

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