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Regimental number2311
Date of birth29 January 1885
Place of birthMouswald, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 4.75"
Weight113 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs A Dickson, 389 North Quay, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the 3rd Bn, Highland Light Infantry, British Army (2 years); Royal Navy (3.9 years); Territorial Force (3 years).
Enlistment date26 January 1917
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Light Horse Regiment, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/16/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Discharge date24 April 1919
Other details

Enlisted, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Team, 27 November 1915; Board of Enquiry, 8 June 1916, declared him to be absent without leave from 4 November 1915, and ordered him to be struck off strength as a deserter.

Re-enlisted, 26 January 1917.

War service: disembarked Suez, 20 June 1917.

Taken on strength, 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 26 July 1917.

To Isolation Camp, Moascar, 31 July 1917; rejoined unit from Isolation Camp, 25 August 1917.

Taken on strength, 11th Light Horse Regiment, El Fara, 19 September 1917.

Admitted to 35th Casualty Clearing Station, 28 December 1917 (malarial debility); transferred to 43rd Stationary Hospital, 2 January 1918; by Hospital Train to 24th Stationary Hospital, 10 January 1918; to 31st General Hospital, Port Said, 11 January 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 28 January 1918; to Rest Camp, Port Said, 4 April 1918; rejoined unit, Palestine, 7 May 1918.

Admitted to 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance, 11 May 1918 (synovitis, right knee); transferred to 66th Casualty Clearing Station, 12 May 1918; to 76th Casualty Clearing Station, 13 May 1918; to 24th Stationary Hospital, 14 May 1918; to 47th Stationary Hospital, 14 May 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port said, 15 May 1918; to Rest Camp, Port Said, 3 July 1918; rejoined unit, 18 August 1918.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 9 October 1918 (myalgia); transferred to Rest Camp, 27 October 1918; to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 20 November 1918 (rheumatism); rejoined unit, 4 December 1918.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 11 January 1919 (malaria); transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, 14 January 1919.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 30 December 1918, of when on active service losing by neglect his equipment, in that he having been marched out from Moascar to the field on 17.8.18 in possession of equipment to the value of £9.12.3 ... returned without them on the following day and was unable to account for their loss. Sentence: to be placed under stoppage of ordinary pay until the amount of deficiencies £9.12.3 has been made up. Finding subsequently quashed.

Commenced return to Australia from Kantara on board HT 'Port Sydney', 5 March 1919; disembarked Sydney, 11 April 1919; discharged, Brisbane, 24 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 December 1935
Age at death50
Place of burialGoodna Cemetery, Queensland

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