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Joseph Francis HEALEY

Joseph Francis HEALEY

Per his military service record (regimental no. 5385), Joseph Francis Healey was born at Leeds, England.[1]  His surname is spelt as “Healy” in some places in his service record.  He gave his age as 41 years and 3 months [although he appears to have been several years older than this], his marital status as single, and his occupation as cook.  He claimed that he had no previous military service.

There is some irregularity in his service record. No details apart from his age, and recording his religious denomination as Roman Catholic, are given on his Certificate of Medical Examination, and it was not signed by an Examining Medical Officer.  His period of service in his service record is dated as having commenced on 26th October 1915 (when the Coo-ees were at Blayney).  He was attested by Lieutenant Edward J. Shaw on 13th November 1915, with the oath dated from 26th October 1915, and recorded as ‘taken and subscribed at Blayney’ on 26th October 1915.

The Leader named Joseph Healey as one of six men who joined the Coo-ees at Blayney.[2]

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as 15th reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On 21st November 1915 Private Healey was charged with being absent without leave, and fined 1 day’s pay.

Private Healey was transferred to 17th Reinforcement for the 13th Battalion on 11th March 1916.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was 91 Rope Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as friend, M. Riches, at the same address.

On 9th April 1916 Private Healey departed Sydney on the HMAT Nestor A71 (along with several other Coo-ees), bound for Egypt.

Photograph of HMAT A71 Nestor loaded with troops on an earlier voyage, taken 11 October 1915.  Part of the Australian War Memorial Collection. PB0607.

Photograph of HMAT A71 Nestor loaded with troops on an earlier voyage, taken 11 October 1915. Part of the Australian War Memorial Collection. PB0607.

On 7th June 1916 Private Healey departed Alexandria aboard His Majesty’s Transport Ionian bound for France, and arrived at Marseilles on 14th June 1916.  He marched into the 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot at Etaples.

On 19th August 1916 Private Healey joined the 13th Battalion when it was in action around Pozieres, France.  Private Healey served through the fighting around Pozieres until 30th August 1916, when he was evacuated with Shell Shock.  He rejoined the Battalion the next day.

On 11th October 1916 the 13th Battalion was training at Quebec Camp at Rhenninghelst, Belgium. Private Healey was charged with being absent without leave from Camp from 10 pm on 8th October 1916 till 5 pm on 10th of October 1916.  He was awarded 3 days Field Punishment Number Two and fined 6 days pay.

On 4th February 1917 the 13th Battalion launched an attack on the German Trenches in front of the village of Guedecourt, France.  During this attack Private Healey was wounded in action when he received a gun shot wound to his left knee.  He was evacuated to the 12th Australian Field Ambulance on 5th February 1917.

On 9th February 1917 Private Healey was admitted to the 8th General Hospital at Rouen, France.  He was sent to Le Harve later that day, and boarded the Hospital Ship Formosa, bound for England.

He was admitted to the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital on 10th February 1917.

On 26th March 1917 Private Healey was evacuated to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, England.

On 9th April 1917 Private Healey was discharged from hospital, and transferred to the Number 2 Command Depot at Weymouth, England.

A Medical Report on an Invalid form in his service record dated 14th May 1917 stated that he was ‘over age – 47 years’.

On 21st July 1917 Private Healey departed England aboard the H.M.A.T. Euripides bound for Australia.

Private Healey arrived in Australia on 18th of September 1917.

He was discharged medically unfit at Sydney on 29th December 1917, with disability gun shot wound to the left leg, and over age.

[1] NAA: B2455, HEALY J F 5385

[2] ‘Blayney Recruits’, Leader, 29 October 1915, p. 8. Retrieved April 1, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117842821

 

Harold Roy Devlin UHR

Harold Roy Devlin UHR

Per his initial WWI military service record (regimental no. 5471), Harold Uhr was born at Woollahra, Sydney. He gave his age as 18 years and 10 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as labourer. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 9 inches tall, weight 140 lbs., with a dark complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. His religious denomination was Church of England. He claimed that he had no previous military service.

His “joined on” date on both his Australian Imperial Force Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad, and embarkation roll, was 7th November 1915, when the Coo-ees were recruiting at Lawson. He was reported as having being a Coo-ee in later newspaper articles in both the Sunday Times and The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate.[1] He appears to have been re-attested for some reason, as his service record records that he was attested, and undertook his medical examination, at Liverpool on 30th March 1916.

After the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Waratah Street, Lawson, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his mother, Mrs K. M. [Kate] Uhr, Co/ Post Office, Wentworthville, N.S.W.

On 9th April 1916 Private Uhr departed Sydney on the HMAT Nestor A71 (along with Coo-ees Lewis Leoville and Daniel Lynch), with the 17th Reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

Soon after arriving in Egypt, on 28th May 1916 Private Uhr was admitted to the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital at Tel El Kebir, sick with Influenza. On 29th May 1916 he was transferred to the 2nd Australian General Hospital at Abassisa, Egypt.

On 10th July 1916 Private Uhr boarded the H.T. Clan McGillivray at Suez for return to Australia, suffering Rheumatism and Bronchitis. He was discharged Medically Unfit on 26th September 1916.

On 11th December 1916 he reenlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Sydney under his full name Harold Roy Devlin Uhr, and he was allocated as reinforcement for the 17th Battalion (regimental no. 51639). However, the following month he was discharged Medically Unfit on 13th of January 1917.

On 27th July 1917 Harold Roy Devlin Uhr reenlisted for a third time in the Australian Imperial Force at Sydney (regimental no. 7115), and he was allocated to the 21st Reinforcement for the 17th Battalion.

He departed Sydney on the HMAT Euripides A14 on 31st October 1917, with the rank of Acting Corporal. During the voyage he was admitted to the ship’s hospital at sea on 14th November 1917, and was discharged the next day.

Acting Corporal Uhr arrived at Devonport, England on 25th December 1917. He was sent to the 5th Training Battalion at Fovant, England, where he reverted to the rank of Private two days later on 27th December 1917.

He was re-appointed Acting Corporal at Fovant on 25th February 1918., then reverted to the rank of Private on 31st March 1918.

Private Uhr departed England on 1st April 1918, bound for France. On 16th April 1918 he marched into the 17th Battalion, when it was in the front lines in the vicinity of Gentelles, France.

On 6th August 1918 the 17th Battalion was at Blangy Tronville, France when Private Uhr was evacuated to the 47th Casualty Clearing Station sick with Trench Fever. On 7th August 1918 Private Uhr was placed on board the 20th Ambulance Train and taken to the 10th General Hospital at Rouen, France, where he was admitted on 8th August 1918.

On 17th August 1918 he was invalided by Hospital Ship to England. He was admitted to the Bristol War Hospital on 18th August 1918.

On 26th August 1918 Private Uhr was transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, England. On 30th August 1918 he was granted leave, to report to the Number 4 Command Depot at Hurdcott, England on 13th September 1918.

On 13th October 1918 Private Uhr was admitted sick to the Number 2 Group Hospital at Hurdcott, England. He was discharged on 19th October 1918.

On 8th January 1919 Private Uhr departed England aboard the Orsova for return to Australia.

He was discharged Medically Unfit on 16th April 1919.

[1] ‘The Coo-ees, en route for Berlin, anniversary of their start’, Sunday Times, 8 October 1916 , p. 9, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article121335018 ; ‘Of the Boys’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate’, 8 February 1919 , p. 11, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86116771

 

 

TIMELINE April 1916

TIMELINE April 1916

Saturday, 1 April 1916

Joseph ARMSTRONG, Percy George BROWN, Charles William Gordon CONROYEdwin Joseph FULLER, John MARTIN, Donald Singleton STEWART, John TARLINGTON,  John William THOMPSON,  William Charles WALKER, Joseph Patrick WALLIS, and Colin David WREN, the Coo-ees who on 16th February 1916 had embarked for Egypt on the HMAT Ballarat A70 as 14th reinforcement for the 13th Battalion, were all transferred to the 54th Battalion at Ferry Post, Egypt.

Sunday, 9 April 1916

Lewis LEOVILLE and five other Coo-ees embarked from Sydney on the HMAT A71 Nestor.

Photograph of HMAT A71 Nestor loaded with troops on an earlier voyage, taken 11 October 1915. Part of the Australian War Memorial Collection. PB0607.

Photograph of HMAT A71 Nestor loaded with troops on an earlier voyage, taken 11 October 1915. Part of the Australian War Memorial Collection. PB0607.

Tuesday, 11 April 1916  

The bulk of the Coo-ees arrive at Alexandra in Egypt on the HMAT A15 Star of England.

Friday, 14 April 1916

William Thomas HITCHEN embarked from Sydney on the HMAT A14 Ceramic.

Sunday, 16 April 1916    

Joseph PARRISH , Karl Alex Frederick NIELSON and John QUINN transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion in Egypt.

Tuesday, 18 April 1916  

William Henry NICHOLLS and two other Coo-ees embarked from Sydney on the HMAT A56 Palermo.

Wednesday, 19 April 1916          

Harold BAXTER,  Harold Brooks DAVIS and Alan Chesher JOHNSON (Alan Cheshyre JANION) transferred to the 45th Battalion in Egypt.

Sunday, 25 April 1916

First anniversary of the landing of Australian troops at Gallipoli.  William Hilton SAUNDERS had wrote in his diary about his experience on the first Anzac Day held on 25th April 1916, where a sports day was held in the Australian camp in Egypt where he and the other Coo-ees were in training. He wrote the following words:

W. H. Saunders diary entry 25/4/1916 (Image part of the State Library of NSW collection)

W. H. Saunders diary entry 25/4/1916 (Image part of the State Library of NSW collection)

April 1916: 25 Easter Tuesday. “1st anniversary of landing at A.N.Z.A.C. Holiday for all troops in Egypt. Sports held on the Canal. Swimming etc. on the water. Did not go over myself felt too lazy. Stayed in camp & wrote home.”

Wednesday, 26 April 1916          

Ronald Hector PERKINS and another Katoomba Coo-ee embarked from Sydney on the HMAT A39 Port Macquarie.