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Kenneth Roy Granville DOWNES

Regimental number29262
Place of birthWaterford, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationJunior surveyor
Address'Wyvern', Elizabeth Street, Mayfield via Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinFather, J R Downes, 'Wyvern', Elizabeth Street, Mayfield via Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 June 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 117
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Kenneth Roy Downes on NR
Discharge date18 March 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 30 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 November 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 8 January 1917; taken on strength, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 27 January 1917. Attached to 2nd Divisional Signal School, 11 February 1917; rejoined unit, 12 March 1917. Transferred to 5th Field Artillery Brigade, and taken on strength of 13th Battery, 18 May 1917.

Reverted to rank of Gunner at own request, Belgium, 8 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 7 November 1917 (gas), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, thence to 10th Casualty Clearing Station same day; to 35th General Hoospital, Calais, 8 November 1917; to England, 16 November 1917, and admitted to Toxteth Park Auxiliary Hospital, 17 November 1917; discharged on furlough, 10 December 1917, top report to No 2 Command Depot, 11 December 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1918; rejoined 2 DAC, 19 March 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 June 1918 (pyrexia unknown origin); discharged to duty, 2 July 1918; rejoined unit same day.

Admitted to 118th Field Ambulance, 22 September 1918 (diarrhoea); transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 28 August 1918; by Ambulance Train No 21 to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 29 August 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, 18 October 1918.

Embarked for England, 18 February 1919, and granted leave for Non-Military Employment, 20 March-20 July 1919, for engineering with F. Wilkinson, Deptford Town Hall, New Cross Road, London. Granted leave without pay, 6 August-5 November 1919: business.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 9 December 1919; disembarked Sydney, 2 February 1920; discharged, 18 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOWNES Kenneth Roy Granville

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