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Regimental number53709
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressDarlinghurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5.5"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinBrother, J Donovan, Old Bath Road, Gloucester, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 March 1917
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNew South Wales Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Feldmarschall on 19 June 1918
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal RollArtillery Details
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Discharge date23 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 19 June 1918; disembarked London, England, and marched in to 14th Training Bn, Codford, 26 August 1918; marched in to RBAA, Heytesbury, and mustered as Gunner, 7 October 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 November 1918; marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 28 November 1918; transferred to 12th Australian Field Ambulance for duty, 4 December 1918; taken on strength of 112th Australian field Ambulance and posted to 112th Battery, 6 December 1918.

Found guilty, 14 April 1919, of being absent from Parade: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Marched out for return to Australia, 10 May 1919; marched out to England, 20 May 1919; marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, England, 21 May 1919.

Found guilty, 12 June 1919, of being absent without leave from midnight, 9 June 1919 to 3:00 pm, 11 June 1919: awarded forfeiture of 4 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of Exeter', 12 July 1919.

Admitted to Ship's Hospital, at sea, 8 August 1919 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 24 August 1919.

Disembarked Sydney, 26 August 1919; discharged, 23 October 1919.

Medal: British War Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DONOVAN Harry

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