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Richard Hunt DICKINSON

Regimental number268
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPacker
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.25"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinCharles Dickinson, Oxford Street Orakei Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 September 1914
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 S.S. Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Discharge date24 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal, Gallipoli, 28 April 1915. Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 21 August 1915 (diarrhoea), and transferred to 1st Australian Casualtiy Clearing Station; admitted to HS 'Saturnia' (date not recorded); admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 22 August 1915; embarked for England, 31 August 1915; admitted to Bethnal Green Hospital, London, 16 September 1915. Pay stopped for 2 days (30-31 March 1916), and for 22 days, 1 April-22 April 1916 (venereal disease). Found guilty, 8 June 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight, 4 June, till 5 June 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks and forfeited 1 day's pay. Admitted to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 17 July 1916 (dental); fit for duty, 21 July 1916.

Taken on strength, 9th Bn, France, 22 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 February 1917 (bomb wound, right hand, right ankle and thigh); admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 6 February 1917; transferred same day to 45th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 5, 9 February 1917; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 9 February 1917; to England, 14 February 1917, and admitted to 2nd Birmingham War Hospital, 15 February 1917; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 March 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, weymouth, 9 April 1917.

Found guilty of being absent without leave, 3 pm, 6 June, to 9 pm, 11 June 1917: awarded 10 days' confined to barracks and forfeited 6 days' pay.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 21 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1917; joined 9th Bn, 30 November 1917.

Wounded in action (gassed), 7 March 1918, and admitted to Field Ambulance same day and thence to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train No 17 to 54th General Hospital, Boulogne, 8 March 1918; to England, 14 March 1918, and admitted to Military Hospital, Boscombe, Hampshire, 15 March 1918 (gas poisoning); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 30 March 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 3 April 1918.

Found guilty, Hurdcott, 6 April 1918, of appearing on parade unshaven: awarded 2 days' confined to camp.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 June 1918. Taken on strength, Machine Gun Details, 1 July 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 September 1918; taken on strength, 1st Machine Gun Bn, 18 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Durham', 23 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 23 December 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, 24 February 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 October 1959
Age at death70
Place of burialOtahuhu Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

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