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Edward CROTTY

Regimental number3231
Place of birthTipperary, Ireland
OccupationLabourer
AddressGoondiwindi, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Ellen Hoole, Goondiwindi, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 September 1916
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 June 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 November 1916; found guilty, at sea, of breaking guard, 19 December 1916: awarded 14 days' extra fatigue; admitted to ship's hospital, 29 December 1916; discharged from hospital, 29 January 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 32 days; disembarked Devonport, England, 30 January 1917. Marched in to 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 1 February 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; taken on strength, 53rd Bn, 7 May 1917.

Found guilty, 30 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 1600, 19 June 1917, until arrested in billets at 2100, 28 June 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 10 days' pay. Marched in to 1st Anzac Field Punishment Compound, 1 July 1917; rejoined unit, 22 July 1917.

Detached to Daily Tactical Working Party, 16 September 1917; rejoined Bn, 22 September 1917.

Detached for duty to 1st Tunnelling Company, 29 January 1918; rejoined Bn, 21 February 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 22 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 12 March 1918. Found guilty while on leave, of being drunk in Grafton Street, Dublin, 27 February 1918: awarded forfeiture of 5 days' pay.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 April 1918 (scabies); transferred to 29th Casualty Clearing Station same day; to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 3 April 1918; discharged to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Le Havre, 12 April 1918; embarked for England, 27 April 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 28 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'D12', 7 June 1918; discharged, 9 October 1918 (medically unfit: chronic rheumatism).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CROTTY Edward

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