The AIF Project

Richard Armour CUNNINGHAM

Regimental number2593
Place of birthNewry, Co Down, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.75"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss N Cunningham, 24 Barrack Street, Newry, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 3 months in the 17th Bn, 2nd Reinforcements, AIF.
Enlistment date15 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Discharge date9 July 1919
Other details

War service: enlisted in the AIF, 18 April 1915, as Regimental No 1676; did not embark; date of discharge not recorded.

Embarked for overseas, 26 August 1915. Joined 6th Bn, Lemnos, 31 October 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Transferred to and taken on strength of 1st Pioneer Bn, Serapeum, 12 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 2 April 1916. On leave, 31 December 1916; rejoined Bn, 10 January 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 30 January 1917 (gonorrhoea); discharged to Base Details, 16 February 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 34 days. Rejoined Bn, 15 March 1917.

Detached to 1st Australian Divisional Signal Company as a visual signaller, 11 August 1917. On leave to United Kingdom, 28 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 15 November 1918. Ceased detachment and rejoined 1st Pioneer Bn, 18 January 1919. Marched out for return to Australia, 19 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'City of Poona', 28 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne for onward to travel to Sydney, 14 May 1919; discharged, 9 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died at Callan Park Mental Hospital, New South Wales.
Date of death4 August 1940
SourcesNAA: b2455, CUNNINGHAM Richard Armour

Print format    

© The AIF Project 2024, UNSW Canberra. Not to be reproduced without permission.