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Regimental number5071
Place of birthPort Lincoln, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway worker
AddressKatanning, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Stanley, Claude Street, Katanning, Western Australia
Previous military service25th Light Horse
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentSister PTE
Unit name16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 790 Pte Alan CUMMINGS, 10th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 15 June 1915; 5072 Pte Mark Hughy CUMMINGS, 48th Bn, killed in action, 9 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Egypt, 24 April 1916; marched into 4th Training Bn, 24 April 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel-el-Kebir, 10 May 1916 (VCSM contact); discharged to duty, 17 May 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel-el-Kebir, 1 June 1916 (influenza); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 3 June 1916; to Convalescent Depot, 13 June 1916; to British Red Cross Camp, 7 August (influenza and debility); invalided to England, 13 August 1916; admitted to 1st Western General Hospital (no date); discharged, 25 September 1919; marched into No 1 Command Depot, 25 September 1916.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, 12 October 1916.

Marched into Infantry Training Draft Depot, 22 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1916; marched into 4th Australian Base Depot, Havre, 1 January 1917.

Taken on strength, 48th Bn, 19 January 1917.

Wounded in action but remained on duty, 10 July 1917.

To 12th Training Brigade, England, 1 September 1917; attached for duty with Permanent Cadre, 5 September 1917.

Detached to Lewis Gun School, Tidworth, 26 September 1917; rejoined 12th Training Bn, 11 October 1917.

Admitted to Brigade Clearing Hospital, Codford, 8 April 1918 (scabies); discharged, 15 April 1918; marched into 12th Training Bn, 15 April 1918.

Admitted to Reading War Hospital, 21 June 1918 (bronchitis, while on leave); discharged, 14 July 1918; marched into 12th Training Bn, 14 July 1918.

Admitted to Brigade Clearing Hospital, 19 July 1918 (influenza); transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 22 July 1918 (venereal disease); discharged, 24 July 1918: total period of treatment for venereal disease, 3 days.

Detached to Musketry School, Tidworth, 30 October 1918; marched into 1st Training Bn, 30 November 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 January 1919; marched into Australian Staging Camp and proceeded to join unit, 30 January 1919; rejoined unit, 5 February 1919.

Detached to Graves Registration Detachment, 1 April 1919.

To hospital, 20 May 1919 (sick); admitted to 4th Stationary Hospital, 22 May 1919 (inflammation of connective tissues, left foot); discharged to duty, 17 June 1919; rejoined unit, 18 June 1919.

Marched out to England, 29 July 1919; disembarked Southampton, England, 30 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Plassy', 5 September 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 17 October 1919; discharged, 25 February 1920 (medically unfit, bronchial asthma and flat feet).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsParents: Joseph CUMMINGS and Emily STANLEY (formerly CUMMINGS), Three Springs, Western Australia
Date of death29 April 1968
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, CUMMINGS Roy Leo

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