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Regimental number2447
Place of birthNoarlunga, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNoarlunga, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.75"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Antonio, Noarlunga, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 22nd Australian Light Horse for 2.6 years; discharged just prior to AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A58 Kabinga on 8 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Squadron
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20-21 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Elizabeth ANTONIO; Wife: Ellen Clara ANTONIO. Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance.

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Discharge date26 October 1919
Other details

War service: taken on strength, 3rd Training Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 15 June 1916. Transferred to 3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron, 25 August 1916; taken on strength, 3rd Machine Gun Squadron, Romani, 26 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 April 1917 (gun shot wound, scalp), and admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance; transferred to 26th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 April 1917; to Hospital Train, 21 April 1917; to 26th Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 21 April 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 24 April 1917; discharged to duty, 4 May 1917; rejoined unit, 5 May 1917.

Sick to hospital, Shellal, 25 June 1917; admitted to 53rd Welsh Casualty Clearing Station, Rafa, 25 June 1917 (diptheria); transferred by Ambulance Train tp 36th Stationary Hospital, 21 July 1917; discharged to duty, 14 August 1917.

Taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 15 August 1917.

Detached to School of Instruction, 26 August 1917; attended 30th Machine Gun Course, Zeitoun; passed as 1st Class Machine Gunner; rejoined unit from detachment, 15 September 1917.

Transferred to Machine Gun Details, 15 September 1917; taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron, 19 September 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 4 February 1918.

Detached for duty to Officers School, Kaleb, 16 February 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 22 March 1918.

Awarded Military Medal, 15 October 1918.

Embarked Port Said for United Kingdom leave, 7 May 1919; taken on strength, AIF Headquarters, London, 23 May 1919, and granted leave to 23 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Chemnitz', 7 July 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 2 September 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 26 October 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 July 1941
Age at death46
Place of burialSt Jude's Church Graveyard (Catholic Portion, Section E, Grave No. 129), Brighton, South Australia

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