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George DOWNEY

Regimental number5714
Place of birthArmagh, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoundary rider
AddressWoodside via Yarram, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.75"
Weight142.5 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha Denis Downey, 231 Bath Road Hounslow, Middlesex, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 November 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date13 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Melbourne, 25 September 1916; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 11 November 1916; proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 13 December 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 14 December 1916; marched out to unit, 17 December 1916; taken on strength of 22nd Bn, 18 December 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound: thigh), 26 February 1917; to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 February 1917; to 21st Ambulance Train, 26 February 1917; transferred to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 28 February 1917; to England, 4 March 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, England, 5 March 1917; discharged to Weymouth Command Depot, 18 May 1917.

Found guilty, 8 June 1917, of (1) breaking out of camp after tattoo, 7 June 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

To Hurdcott Command Depot, 29 June 1918; marched into Overseas Training Bn, Longbridge Deverill, 27 July 1917.

Admitted to Brigade Hospital (PUO), Perham Downs, 6 August 1917; discharged to Overseas Training Brigade, 13 August 1917; attached to Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, 23 August 1917; marched into Perham Downs Command Depot, 3 October 1917.

Found guilty, 23 November 1917, of (1) being absent without leave from, 16 November 1917, until, 22 November 1917: awarded 7 days' detention; forfeits 6 days' pay.

Marched out to Overseas Training Bn, Longbridge Deverill, 26 November 1917; proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 12 December 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, France, 13 December 1917; marched out to Bn, 16 December 1917; rejoined Bn, 19 December 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance (cellulites: left arm), 3 February 1918; discharged to unit, 28 March 1918; rejoined Bn, 29 March 1918.

Admitted to 37th Casualty Clearing Station (gassed), 18 July 1918; to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 6 August 1918; to England, 9 August 1918; admitted to Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham, England, 10 August 1918; discharged, 9 September 1918; on furlough to report to Hurdcott Command Depot, 23 September 1918; marched out to Hurdcott Command Depot, 23 September 1918.

Found guilty, 8 October 1918, of (1) neglect to obey orders on, 5 October 1918: awarded 7 days' detention.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 4 November 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital (sick), Harefield, 13 November 1918.

Found guilty, 26 November 1918, of (1) whilst a patient in hospital being absent without leave from 8 pm., 24 November 1918, until 3 pm, 25 November 1918: forfeits 2 days' pay.

Discharged from Hospital to Weymouth Command Depot, 28 November 1918.

District Court Martial, held at Weymouth Command Depot on, 21 January 1919, charge: (1) being absent without leave from, 28 November 1918, until apprehended at London on, 8 January 1919; sentence: forfeits 60 days' pay (35 days' remitted).

Discharged , London, 13 May 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOWNEY George

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