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Regimental number2398
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Blenheim', Trangie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 4"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinFriend, William Thomas Papworth, Kelso, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 January 1916
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 29 August 1919
Discharge date24 November 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 30 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 26 June 1917; marched into No 8 Australian Division Base Dept, Havre, France, 26 June 1917; marched out to unit, 17 July 1917; taken on strength, 54th Bn, France, 21 July 1917.

Found guilty, 22 August 1917, of failing to appear on Guard Parade after being duly warned, 18 August 1917; awarded 2 days’ Field Punishment No 2.

Detached for duty to United States Army, as Batman, 20 July 1918; rejoined unit, 29 July 1918.

To United Kingdom on leave, 13 August 1918; rejoined unit, 5 September 1918.

Transferred to 56th Bn, 11 October 1918; taken on strength, 56th Bn, 11 October 1918.

Detached to Charleroi Picquet, Belgium, 3 January 1919; rejoined unit, 10 January 1919.

Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Mechanical Transport Company, France, 15 March 1919; taken on strength, 15 March 1919; appointed Temporary Driver, 29 March 1919.

Marched out to England, 18 June 1919; disembarked Southampton, England, 19 June 1919.

Transferred to Australian Mechanical Transport Service, 12 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT ‘Ajana’, 19 August 1919; disembarked, 9 October 1919; discharged, 24 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 May 1943
SourcesNAA: B2455, EMMETT Robert

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