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Archibald DURELL

Regimental number2916
Place of birthJersey, Channel Islands
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 5.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Ellen Durell, 12 Chatham Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919
Discharge date6 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, Egypt, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Marched out of 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 2 August 1916; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 29 August 1916.

Admitted to No 5 Field Ambulance, 2 December 1916 (trench feet); transferred to Corps' Rest Station, no date stated; to No 35 Casualty Clearing Station, 7 December 1916; to No 10 General Hospital, Rouen, 9 December 1916; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 18 December 1916; discharged to Base Depot, 21 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 23 December 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 10 January 1917; rejoined 32nd Bn, 12 January 1917.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 9 March 1917, and transferred to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station the same day (rheumatism and boils); discharged to duty, 25 March 1917; rejoined 32nd Bn, 26 March 1917.

On leave to England, 27 August 1917; rejoined unit, 11 September 1917.

Admitted to No 9 Australian Field Ambulance, 4 February 1918 (scabies); transferred to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 6 February 1918; discharged to duty, 10 February 1918, and rejoined 32nd Bn the same day.

Wounded in action, 15 June 1918; admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 15 June 1918 (shrapnel wound, left arm); transferred to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 15 June 1918; to No 27 Ambulance Train, 17 June 1918; to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 18 June 1918; to England, 23 June 1918; to No 3 Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 24 June 1918; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 12 July 1918; discharged to furlough, 22 July 1918, and to report to No 4 Command Depot, 5 August 1918; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 12 August 1918, and lateness excused.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 3 October 1918.

On Command at 5th Division Signal Training School for course of instruction, 28 October 1918.

Marched out of 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 15 January 1919; marched into 2nd Training Bde Concentration Camp, Codford, 15 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Orca', 19 February 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 5 April 1919; discharged Adelaide (termination of period of enlistment), 6 July 1919.

Total war service: 3 years 184 days (of which 2 years 360 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 December 1967
SourcesNAA: B2455, DURELL Archibald

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