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Edward James CORBETT

Regimental number5121
Place of birthTemora, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressRailway Hotel, Temora, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs B M Corbett, Railway Hotel, Temora, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 6 months in the Irish Rifles, Sydney; 12 months in the NZEF (discharged as a deserter).
Enlistment date7 March 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 5 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 September 1918
Discharge date2 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 5 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 31 August 1916.

Found guilty, Rollestone, of being absent without leave from 0600, 22 October, till 0800, 25 October 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to camp and forfeiture of 7 days' pay; total forfeiture: 10 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 November 1916; taken on strength, 19th Bn, in the field, 19 November 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 28 November 1916 (venereal), and transferred same day to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 29 November 1916, and admitted to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 2 December 1916 (venereal disease: syphilis).

Found guilty, 27 December 1916, of breaking out of Hospital bounds: awarded 12 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Discharged to Base Details, 27 December 1916: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 30 days.

Admitted to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 9 January 1917 (venereal disease); discharged to Base Details, 11 January 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 3 days; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 February 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 26 April 1917, and transferred to Divisional Rest Station (influenza); to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 April 1917; to Ambulance Train, 6 May 1917, and admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 7 May 1917; transferred to England, 18 May 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin) and admitted to Clandon Park Military Hospital; discharged (details not recorded), and marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott.

Found guilty, 30 June 1917, of being absent from parade: awarded 2 days' confined to camp.

Marched out to Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 3 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 February 1918; rejoined Bn, Belgium, 20 February 1918.

Found guilty, 10 April 1918, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and Military Discipline in that he absented himself without leave from Support Line at 6 pm, 8 April: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 16 April 1918 (gun shot wound, left foot), and admitted to 55th Field Ambulance, and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 April 1918; to England, 24 April 1918, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 25 April 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 May 1918; found guilty, 7 June 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from hospital, 2000-2200 hrs, 6 June; (2) attempting to break into hospital: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 10 June 1918.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Punic', 23 September 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 7 November 1918 (absent without leave, Perth); discharged (medically unfit: wounded), Melbourne, 2 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CORBETT Edward James

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