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Regimental number3258
Place of birthNorseman, Western Australia
Other trainingNil
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGnowangerup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 4.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Alfred Fanning, on Active Service, No 3254, 8/46th Battalion
Previous military serviceAIF (10 days; discharged due to being medically unfit)
Enlistment date30 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 October 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 29 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of broncho-pneumonia.
FateDied of disease 24 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death21.9
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialSt. ever Cemetery Extension (Block S, Plot II, Row II, Grave No. 2), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry Alfred and Elizabeth FANNING, Balbarrup Western Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 29 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 4 March 1917, and marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 May 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 30 May 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 20 June 1917; taken on strength of 46th Bn, in the field, 21 June 1917.

Admitted to No 50 Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1917 (scabies); discharged, 27 July 1917.

On leave to England, 22 February 1918.

Found guilty, London, 11 March 1918, of being absent without leave from 0730 hours, 9 March 1918, until 1945 hours, 10 March 1918: award, forfeits 6 days' pay, and total forfeiture of 8 days' pay.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 12 March 1918 (venereal disease); discharged, 13 April 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 33 days; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 15 April 1918.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 9 May 1918 (urethritis); discharged, 15 May 1918, and marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, the same day.

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Longbridge Deverill, 28 May 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 June 1918.

Admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 June 1918 (orchitis); transferred to No 7 General Hospital, Wimereux, 21 June 1918 (gonorrhoea); to No 39 General Hospital, Le Havre, 2 July 1918; discharged, 5 July 1918, and marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 16 July 1918; rejoined 46th Bn, 20 July 1918.

Wounded in action, 26 August 1918, and admitted to No 12 Australian Field Ambulance the same day (gassed); transferred to No 48 Casualty Clearing Station, 27 August 1918; to No 41 Stationary Hospital, 1 September 1918; to No 16 Ambulance Train, 8 September 1918; to No 10 General Hospital, Rouen, 9 September 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 13 September 1918; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchey, 14 September 1918.

Admitted to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 16 October 1918 (influenza).

Died, No 3 Stationary Hospital, 24 October 1918 (pneumonia).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FANNING Henry

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