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John Joseph CURLEY

Regimental number674
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCharleville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Nora Burns, 2 1/2 Foley Place off Foley Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 October 1916
Place of enlistmentCharleville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Discharge date19 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 21 June 1917; disembarked Liverpool, England, 26 August 1917; marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, 27 August 1917. Transferred to 42nd Bn Details from 12th Machine Gun Company, 9 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 November 1917; taken on strength, 42nd Bn, 8 December 1917.

Admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station, 20 May 1918 (influenza); transferred by Ambulance Train No 17 to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers, 25 May 1918; to England, 27 May 1918, and admitted same day to 1st Birmingham War Hospital, Rednal; transferred to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 10 July 1918; discharged to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 15 July 1918.

Found guilty, Hurdcott, 12 September 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight, 10/9/18 to 3.25 pm, 11/9/18: awarded confined to barracks for 3 days, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 27 September 1918. Transferred to Reinforcements of 15th Bn, 5 October 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 November 1918; taken on strength of 15th Bn in the field, 11 November 1918.

Transferred to 7th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 12 January 1919, and appointed Driver.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 10 April 1919, and transferred same to day to 55th Casualty Clearing Station (chancre); to 7th General Hospital, 15 April 1919 (venereal disease); to England, 18 April 1919, and admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, 20 April 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 10 days. Marched out to ASC Training Depot, Parkhouse, 6 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Wiltshire', 4 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 19 August 1919; discharged, Sydney, 19 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

A.E. Lavers, Solicitor of Groom & Lavers, Toowoomba, wrote to Assistant Minister for Defence, 8 June 1917, on behalf of Miss Bessie Busiko, Water Street, Toowoomba, seeking information on the whereabouts of Private J.J. Curley: 'Misss Busiko states she is engaged to Private Curley, but has not heard from him for some little time, and was anxious to find out whether he had sailed or was still in Camp.' On 5 August 1917, Miss Busiko (GPO Roma) wrote to Lavers: 'Will you kindly let me know if you have heard anything yet, or whether he has allotted his money to me or not.'

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