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Arthur Francis DESBOROUGH

Regimental number5378
Place of birthClare Castle, Co Clare, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o C Smith, Merridonge, Molong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 9.5"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinFather, Arthur Francis Desborough, Bungalow, Royalist Road, Mosman, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 March 1916
Place of enlistmentMolong, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Discharge date28 December 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 19098 Sapper Geoffrey James DESBOROUGH, Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 24 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916, and taken on strength, No 3 Command Depot. Marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 4 November 1916.

Found guilty, 23 December 1916, of being absent without leave from 2400, 3 December, to 1200, 19 December: awarded forfeiture of 16 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 December 1916; taken on strength, 18th Bn, in the field, 5 February 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 February 1917 (error of refraction, right eye); transferred to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 February 1917; to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 February 1917; to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 27 February 1917 (amblyophia); discharged to duty, 12 March 1917; marched in same day to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples.

Proceeded to England, 3 May 1917; marched in same day to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth.

Found guilty, 2 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 3 pm, 25 May 1917, until apprehended by Civil Police, 9.15 pm, 30 May 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks and forfeited 6 days' pay.Found guilty, 21 June 1917, of being absent without leave from Monte Video Camp, Weymouth, from Tattoo, 20 June, to 6.30 am, 21 June 1917: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Marched out to 15th Training Bn, Hurdcott (Home Service), 26 June 1917.

Found guilty, 30 July 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 8 July 1917, until 1900, 25 July 1917: awarded forfeiture of 10 days' pay; total forfeiture: 27 days' pay.

Married Kathleen ANDREWS, spinster, aged 23, at the Register Office, Gunnersbury, London, 4 August 1917.

Found guilty, Hurdcott, 13 September 1917, of being absent without leave from 1200, 17 August 1917, till apprehended at 0900, 10 September 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 55 days' pay.

Admitted to Clearing Hospital, Hurdcott, 15 February 1918; marched into 15th Training Bn from hospital, 16 February 1918.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot for return to Australia, 30 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Berrima', 6 September 1919; disembarked Sydney, 8 November 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 28 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DESBOROUGH Arthur Francis

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