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Howard Charles FARNELL

Regimental number5808
Place of birthEaglehawk, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
Address60 Rutland Road, Box Hill, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18.5
Height5' 4.25"
Weight119 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S A Farnell, 60 Rutland Road, Box Hill, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 48th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/89/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Discharge date28 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, Divisional Ammunition Column, Cairo, 15 November 1915, and posted to No 3 Section.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 2 April 1916.

Transferred to 1st Field Artillery Brigade, 11 January 1917. and posted to No 2 Battery.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 15 February 1917 (inconscious); discharged to duty, and rejoined unit, 16 February 1917.

Proceeded on leave, 17 May 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 3 June 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 18 February 1918, on charges of (1) when on Active Service drunkenness; (2) striking his superior Officer in the execution of his office: found Not Guilty on charge 1; Guilty on charge 2: awarded 72 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 13 April 1918; discharged to duty, 25 April 1918 (no further details recorded).

Found guilty, 12 July 1918, of (1) hesitating to obey an Officer; (2) insolence to a superior Officer: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Marched in to Field Punishment Compound, 12 July 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 3 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Suffolk', 12 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 28 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 November 1967
Place of burialMacarthur Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, FARNELL Howard Charles

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