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Regimental number2579
Place of birthNew Zealand
Place of birthRimu, Hokatika, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
Address238 Harry Street, Pyrmont, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Comport, Rimu, Westland, Hokitika, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed in A Company, 13th North Canterbury and Westland Regiment, New Zealand Army (still serving at time of AIF enlistment).
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Date of death20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 1), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Albert and Ellen COMPORT, Rimu, Westland, Hokitika, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 13th Bn, Mudros, 23 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 23 December 1915 (tonsillitis); admitted to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 24 December 1915; to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 28 December 1915; rejoined unit, Moascar, 4 February 1916.

Transferred to 45th Bn, 3 March 1916; taken on strength of 45th Bn, Moascar, 3 March 1916.

Transferred to 56th Bn, 20 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Died of wounds behind Battalion Lines on being carried to Field Ambulance, 20 July 1916.

Buried Rue de Bois Cemetery by Reverend G.W.B. Statt, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COMPORT Albert

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