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Regimental number3774
Place of birthGalway, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address162 Dowlett Street, East Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 2"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Delia Massina, 10 Grey Street, East Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 9 years in the British Army.
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 March 1918
Discharge date4 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 5th Bn, Serapeum, Egypt, 22 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916; with unit, 6 January 1917; transferred to, and taken on strength of, 1st Anzac Corps Salvage Section, 10 January 1917; taken on strength of 1st Australian Division Salvage Company, 14 April 1917.

Found guilty, 1 July 1917, of being absent without leave from 9:30 pm, 20 June to 10:15 pm, 21 June 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 16 days' pay.

On leave to United Kingdom, 2 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 15 September 1917; marched out to unit, 27 September 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 4 November 1917 (PUO); to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 5 November 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 25 November 1917; marched out to Rest Camp, 26 November 1917.

Marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 29 November 1917.

Admitted to General Hospital, 4 December 1917 (stricture); transferred to No 4 Convalescent Depot, 3 January 1917.

Found guilty, 14 January 1918, of (1) returning to Camp drunk at 8:15 pm and (2) being in possession of a bottle of alcohol: awarded forfeiture of 21 days' pay.

Marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 15 January 1918; marched out to England, 18 January 1918; marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, England, 19 January 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 14 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kenilworth Castle', 12 March 1918; disembarked Perth, 15 May 1918; discharged, 4 July 1918 (medically unfit: stricture and premature senility).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British war Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DELANEY Richard

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