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William John DURBIN

Regimental number376
Place of birthCobar, New South Wales
Addressc/o Mrs W Ferris, Carrieton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.8
Height5' 7"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Harry F Durbin, Broken Hill, Magill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Junior Cadets, and in the Navy (South Australia).
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 February 1915
Discharge date11 March 1915
Other details

War service: Egypt

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Kyarra', 3 February 1915; discharged (disciplinary reasons), Melbourne, 11 March 1915.

Report by OC, 10th Bn: 'This man is incorrigible; he has been in isolation suffering from venereal disease ever since we left Australia, his manner is most offensive - his language is filthy, he is a sickly looking fellow and will never make an efficient soldier.'

Report by OC, A Company, 10th Bn: 'This man is an encumbrance in the Company, he has done no training or musketry, as he has been in Isolation on account of Venereal disease since leaving Fremantle & is recommended by Medical Board for discharge. He is guilty of having used indecent language to the C.O. & is awaiting trial by Court Martial for using indecent language to an officer. He boasted that if he were not discharged he would desert.'

Medals: automatically forfeited.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DURBIN William John

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