Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
21/03/1916- To 56 Depot as Private
4/04/1916- To 16th Battalion 18th Reinforcements
12/08/1916- Promoted LANCE CORPORAL aboard Ship in Transit
10/09/1916- To 4th Training Battalion Rollestone England
14/10/1916- Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Folkestone ex Rollestone
30/10/1916- Joined 16th Battalion in the field France- Reverts to Rank Private
28/11/1916- Admitted 2nd General Hospital Havre France ( Myalgia/Lumbago ) ex 5th Australian Field Ambulance ex 33rd Casualty Clearing Station
14/12/1916- Discharged to 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Hospital
7/01/1917- Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Base Depot
11/04/1917- Reported MISSING IN ACTION France
11/04/1917- Reported Captured and taken PRISONER OF WAR– Interred Limburg Germany
1/12/1918- Repatriated POW- Arrived Ripon England
4/01/1919- Granted Leave England
9/01/1919- Failure to Return to AIF Headquarters London ex Leave- Declared Illegal Absentee
15/04/1919- Apprehended- Sentenced to 60 Days Detention at Lewes Detention Barracks England
1/06/1919- To No. 4 Group Hurdcott England for Return to Australia
21/06/1919- Embarked England for Australia per ” Konigin Louise ”
2/08/1919- Disembarked Fremantle
10/09/1919- Discharged from Service
PRISONER OF WAR- RED CROSS FILES SUMMARY
21/06/1917- From Witness L/CPL. H. Parsons. 5153. 16th Battalion ( Escaped prisoner of War )- ” Missing- 11/04/1917- He is a Prisoner of War. I am quite sure of his identity. He was 17th Reinforcements to the Battalion. He got as far as Marquion with us, but was sent to Hospital because his legs were badly swollen “.
NOTE:- Witness was clear and quite reliable in all his information. He was twice interviewed, the second time verifying his previous report . In all cases L/CPL. Parsons was able to supply the rank, number or initial of the missing man. He gave most of the information from memory. He feared to raise suspicion by attempting to compile a complete list from his fellow captives. Naturally he only knew a small percentage of them, but his memory seemed excellent, and he was most anxious to supply all possible particulars. I understand a full report of L/CPL. Parsons and L/CPL Stewart’s experience has been sent to Australia by Lieut. Col. Murdoch “.
4/07/1917- Letter from Mrs. F. E. Young, 3 Hillpark Terrace, Wormit Dundee Scotland to Australian Red Cross London- ” I have just received from a relation, address enclosed, now a Prisoner of War in Germany, a letter asking for a parcel to be sent to him. Could you give information how I must proceed, and what things can be sent “.
10/07/1917- London- Information supplied in letter by Prisoner to Mrs Young dated 4/07/1917- ” Missing- 11/04/1917- Prisoner of War- Interred Staargard Pommera “
8/08/1917- London- From German List dated 3/07/1917- ” Prisoner of War- Transferred Schneidemuhl from Staargard “
25/01/1918- London- Extract from Letter dated 31/12/1917 said to be written by Prisoner ” Prisoner of War- Interred Scneidermuhl- The delay in reply to letters was through illness. As now out of Hospital again and hope soon to be quite my old self. Pleased to say I am getting food parcels pretty regularly, though there has been some delay the past three weeks, no doubt caused by transport difficulties during the holidays. Have received both Xmas parcels sent by the Battalion through you, we thoroughly appreciated their gift. We had a very quiet Xmas ( especially as the majority of us had not received a parcel for 16 days previously ). However we consoled ourselves by speaking of the good times we have had and the ones we are going to have. We arranged a variety entertainment on Boxing Night which proved a great success. Cpl. Skelly as “Gladys Cooper “, looked most charming and behaved in a most lady-like manner. We have also arranged a Concert for tomorrow night ( New Years Night), we have some talent in the Lager at present. With few exceptions, the Boys are all well and looking forward to the exchange which is lately being so freely spoken of “.
6/05/1918- London- From Prisoner Letter dated 16/03/1918- ” Prisoner of War- Interred Scneidermuhl- ‘ My health is keeping fairly good . A few drops of good old Australian sun shine will soon set me up again. My food parcels are quite up to date . The exchange has reached this lager but has not affected the Australians yet, but we look forward to our turn “.
27/08/1918- London- From Prisoner Letter dated 17/07/1918- ” Prisoner of War- Interred Scneidermuhl- Am again in Hospital being troubled with my old complaint but as I am feeling better trust it may not be long before I am about again ”
3/12/1918- London- Postcard from Prisoner dated 1/12/1918- ” Repatriated Prisoner of War- Arrived Leith safely “.