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James Joseph FERRIS

Regimental number4366
Place of birthStrabane, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPO, Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Ferris, GPO, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 August 1915
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4366A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Corps Orders

Recommendation date: 8 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Discharge date25 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Australia, 20 December 1915; allotted to and proceeded to join 54th Infantry Bn, Tel el Kabir, Egypt, 16 February 1916; transferred and taken on strength of 5th Pioneer Bn, 3 March 1916.

Found guilty, 5 June 1916, of 'losing by neglect or otherwise disposing of one field hat': awarded to pay for new hat.

Proceeded from Alexandria to jointhe British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance and transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 25 March 1917 (gastro enteritis); discharged to duty, 30 March 1917.

Rejoined unit in the field, 1 April 1917; promoted to Lance Corporal, 29 June 1917; on leave to United Kingdom, 22 August to 31 September 1917; to be Corporal, 28 November 1917; reverted to ranks at own request, 14 December 1917.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 25 February 1918 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 3rd General Hospital, Havre, 2 March 1918 (venereal disease: total period of treatment, 88 days); discharged from hospital and marched in to Australian Division Base Depot, 28 May 1918.

Marched out to unit, 8 June 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 12 June 1918; on leave to United Kingdom, 3 October; returned to unit from leave, 22 October 1918.

Found guilty, 26 October 1918, of being absent without leave from 7:30 am, 17 October to 7:30 am, 20 October 1918: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 17 days' pay.

Marched out to England, 14 February 1919; disembarked Codford, England and marched in to Weymouth Command Depot, 15 February 1919.

Admitted to General Hospital, Codford, 7 March 1919 (sick); discharged from hospital, 19 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Wyreema', 13 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 31 May 1919; discharged, 25 August 1919 (medically unfit).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERRIS James Joseph

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