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Arthur Eugene DUFFY

Regimental number21494
Place of birthNobir, Co Meath, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMotor mechanic
AddressFederal Hotel, Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs H M Duffy, 7 Lyndhurst Road, Birkdale, Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Army Service Corps for 1 year.
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade 1 - 8 Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919
Discharge date16 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Enlisted 14 October 1915, 'A' Company, 7 Depot Battalion. Transferred to 9 Field Ambulance Brigade.

Embarked Sydney, 11 May 1916, disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 July 1916. Taken on strength, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, 2 October 1916, England.

Found guilty, No. 2 Camp Boyton, of (1) being absent without leave from 2200 26 August 1916, to 1500 27 August 1916: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 5 days' pay and (2) 19 September 1916, 'whilst on active service breaking off parade without permission: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2. Mustered as Driver 'to complete establishment', 19 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 November 1916, with 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column.

Found guilty of (1) on 20 July 1917, 'In the Field. When on Active Service, conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he absented himself from place of parade appointed by his C.O ie Stable Picquet. Awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 14 days pay @ 6/- equalling four pounds four shillings. (2) Offence in the Field: 'When on active service conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline that he absented himself from place of parade appointed by his Commanding Office': awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 7 days' pay (3) an offence in the field of being absent without leave from 1400 stable parade (no date recorded): awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Injured, 26 August 1918 (bomb wound left foot and right knee [accidental]). Flesh Wound. The subsequent inquiry of 4 September 1918, established it was an accidental incident: 'Whilst watering mules the one in front of me evidently kicked a German bomb which I saw smoking on the ground; the bomb exploded killing two of the mules and injuring myself. Invalided to England 2 October 1918, and admitted 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, 4 October 1918.

Found guilty of being absent without leave from 1030, 7 December 1918, to 1000, 9 December 1918: admonished by Officer Commanding and forfeited one day's pay. Also absent without leave 26 December 1918 to 30 December 1918. No record of disciplinary action on file.

Commenced return to Australia from Englan, on board HT 'Demosthenes', 16 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 2 March 1919, for onward travel to Brisbane; discharged Brisbane, 16 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DUFFY Arthur Eugene

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