Joe BILLING

Joe BILLING

Per his military service record (regimental no. 2160), Joe Billing was born at Derby, England. He gave his age as 22 years and 6 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as farm labourer. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 8 ½ inches tall, weight 11 stone 3 lbs., with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and light brown hair. His religious denomination was Church of England. He claimed that he had no previous military service.

He gave his address on his Application to Enlist in the Australian Imperial Force form as “Tallwood via Blayney”, and there is a note at the top of this form stating that “This man presented himself at Millthorpe on the night of 25/10/15”. He had completed his medical several days before on the 21st October 1915 at Orange. He was attested by Captain Nicholas at Millthorpe on 26th October 1915. Joe Billing was one of two recruits who joined the Coo-ee March at Millthorpe.

After completing the march he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was 54 Junction Street, North Sydney N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his father, William Billing, Hathtop, Forston, Derbyshire, England.

On 11th March 1916 Trooper Billing departed Sydney on the HMAT A67 Orsova, arriving in Egypt on the 14th April 1916, where he was taken on strength in the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment at Tel El Kebir.

On 26th April 1916 Trooper Billing was hospitalised at the Number 2 Stationary Hospital with Influenza. On 16th May 1916 he was discharged from hospital and marched into the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment at Tel El Kebir, Egypt.

On 13th June 1916 Trooper Billing was admitted to the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital suffering from Bronchitis. On 17th June 1916 he was transferred to the 3rd Australian General Hospital. On 18th June 1916 he was transferred to the British Red Cross Hospital. On 21st June 1916 he was transferred to the 19th General Hospital. He was discharged on 11th July 1916 and sent back to the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment.

On 28th July 1916 Trooper Billing was transfered to the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

On 4th May 1917 Trooper Billing was sent to the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance suffering from Conjunctivitis. On 5th May he was moved back to the 54th Casualty Clearing Station. On 6th May 1917 he moved by Hospital Train to the 26th Casualty Clearing Station at El Arish, arriving later that day. On 7th May 1917 he was transferred to the 24th Stationary Hospital at Kantara, Egypt, arriving on 8th May 1917. Later that day he was transferred to the 14th Australian General Hospital at Abbassia, Egypt.

On 13th May 1917 Trooper Billing was discharged from hospital and reported to the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment at Moascar, Egypt.

On 1st July 1917 Trooper Billing was sent to the School of Instruction. He returned to the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment on 15th September 1917.

On 1st October 1917 Trooper Billing was sent to the School of Instruction (Hotchkiss Gun Course). He returned to the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment on 16th October 1917.

On 18th November 1917 Trooper Billing left the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment for return to the 7th Light Horse Regiment, which he rejoined on 11th December 1917.

On 9th February 1918 Trooper Billing was sent to the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance sick. He was discharged and rejoined the 7th Light Horse Regiment on 16th February 1918.

On 20th May 1918 Trooper Billing was sent to the Australian Rest Station at Jericho, Palestine, suffering Malaria. On 21st May 1918 he was moved back to the 65th Casualty Clearing Station, then the 75th Casualty Clearing Station at Jerusalem. On 23rd May 1918 he was moved back by Hospital Train to the 47th Stationary Hospital at Gaza. On 29th May 1918 he transferred to the 24th Stationary Hospital at Kantara, Egypt. On 30th May 1918 he was transferred to the 14th Australian General Hospital. He was discharged on 21st August and sent to the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment. He rejoined the 7th Light Horse Regiment on 15th September 1918.

On 8th October 1918 Trooper Billing was sent to the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance. On 15th of October 1918 he was moved back to the 76th Casualty Clearing Station. On 16th October 1918 he was admitted to the 31st General Hospital. On 18th October 1918 he was discharged and sent to a Convalescent Depot. He rejoined the Regiment on 3rd November 1918.

Following Turkey’s surrender on 30th October 1918 and the Armistice on 11th November 1918, on 27th November 1918 Trooper Billing was sent to the Dardanelles with the 7th Light Horse Regiment. He returned to Egypt on 22nd January 1919.

On 18th February 1919 Trooper Billing was admitted to the 24th Stationary Hospital with Malaria. He was transferred to the 14th Australian General Hospital on 28th February 1919.

On 15th March 1919 Trooper Billing departed Suez, Egypt, aboard the H.T. Euripides bound for Australia.

He arrived in Australia on 20th April 1919, and was discharged as medically unfit on 3rd August 1919.

One response to “Joe BILLING

  1. Some men of the 7th LHR went to Gallipoli after the Armistice to accompany Bean on his study of the battlefields. Billings was privileged to be chosen.

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