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Edward CURTIN

Regimental number1696
Place of birthClonmel, Co Tipperary, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address8 College Street, Clonmel, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 6"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kate Curtin, 8 College Street, Clonmel, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 12 years 15 days in the 18th Bn, Royal Irish Regiment, British Army.
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollLight Horse Details
FateReturned to Australia 26 December 1916
Discharge date14 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 12 October 1915.

To hospital, 5 December 1915; admitted to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 14 December 1915 (influenza); transferred to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 22 December 1915. taken on strength, Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 28 December 1915; returned to duty with 28th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 19 January 1916.

Transferred to Australian Camel Corps, 30 January 1916; taken on strength, Imperial Camel Corps, Abbassia, 1 February 1916.

Found guilty of disobedience of Corps Orders, 23 March 1916: admonished.

Admitted to 16th Stationary Hospital, Sollum, 17 April 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged same day.

Admitted to 24th Casualty Clearing Station, Matruh, 16 May 1916 (venereal disease); transferred to HS 'Rashid', 19 May 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 20 May 1916, and admitted to 17th General Hospital; transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological hospital, Abbassia, 15 June 1916 (venereal disease); discharged to and rejoined unit, 8 July 1916.

Found guilty, 13 July 1916, of being absent without leave from 9 pm, 9 July, till arrested, 11 July 1916: awarded 7days' confined to barracks and forfeited 3 days' pay.

Posted to No 3 Company, 14 July 1916.

Admitted to 24th Casualty Clearing Station, Metruh, 17 July 1916 (venereal disease); transferred to HS 'Rashid', 18 July 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 19 July 1916, and admitted to 17th General Hospital; discharged to duty, 25 October 1916.

Attached to 12th Company, Imperial Camel Corps, Rail Head, from Australian Reserve, 4 November 1916.

Admitted to New Zealand Mounted Field Ambulance, Mustigadda, 18 November 1916 (venereal disease); transferred to Anzac Clearing Station, 20 November 1916; to 26th Casualty Clearing Station, Kantara, 21 november 1916; to 31st General Hospital, Kantara, 23 November 1916; to Hospital Train, 27 November 1916; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 27 November 1916.

Found guilty, 6 February 1917, of (1) being drunk in Cairo about 10.20 am, 3 February (2) being absent without leave from 9 am, 1 February, to 10.20, 3 february 1917 (3) being deficient of identity disc: fined 7/-, awarded 8 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 3 days' pay; forfeited a total of 11 days' pay.

Admitted to Field Punishment Compound, Abbassia, for period of sentence, 6 February 1917; discharged on expiration of sentence, 13 February 1917.

Discharged to unit from 14th Australian General Hospital, 28 February 1917; taken on strength, A&NZ Reserve, Imperial Camel Brigade, 28 February 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, 14 March 1917 (malria and venereal disease); discharged (venereal disease cured), 9 May 1917; rejoined A&NZ Reserve same day.

Admitted to 26th Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 20 May 1917 (oedoma penis); transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 13 June 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 23 August 1917 (venereal disease cured; forfeiture of pay ceased as of 23 August: £18.0.0).

Admitted to 14th Australian General hospital, 16 November 1917 (double pteryguim); discharged to Base Depot, 8 December 1917.

Found guilty, 10 December 1917, of when on Active Service (1) breaking Camp (2) being absent without leave from 1400, 8 December, until apprehended by MP at 2145 same date (3) drunkenness (4) no identity disc: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeiture of 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, 19 December 1917, of when on Active Service (1) breaking Camp (2) being absent without leave from 1600, 18 December, until apprehended by MP about 1905 same date: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeiture of 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, 31 December 1917, of when on Active service (1) breaking Camp (2) being absent without leave from 1600, 28 December, until apprehended by MP about 1730 same date (3) being drunk in town: fined 10/-.

Found guilty, 9 February 1918, of when on Active Service (1)being absent from Tattoo, 6 February, till about 0900, 7 February 1918 (2) striking a comrade: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeiture of 1 day's pay.

Posted to 3rd Bn, 6 April 1918.

Found guilty, Ismailia, 6 April 1918, of when on Active service being absent without leave, 1430, 6 April, till 2105, 7 April 1918, and at Ismailia, 10 April 1918: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeiture of 2 days' pay; total forfeiture: 11 days' pay.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 13 April 1918 (venereal disease); discharged, 16 June 1918; forfeited £14.15.0 in pay.

Found guilty, 1 July 1918, of being absent without leave, 0500, 28 June, toll apprenhended by MP at Ismailia, 1730, 29 June 1918: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeiture of 2 days' pay; forfeited a total of 6 days' pay.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 3 July 1918 (venereal disease).Transferred to Light Horse Details on reorganisation of Camel Corps, 1 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somali', 26 December 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 21 January 1919; discharged, Perth, 14 September 1919.

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

Victory Medal stamp marked 'Returned, 30 September 1924'.
Miscellaneous detailsFamily name misspelled as CURTAIN on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, CURTIN Edward

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