|Date of Birth||14 Jul 1896|
|Place of Birth||Gympie, Queensland|
|Death||25 May 1951|
|Place of Death||Wubin, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||27 years old (was actually 20)|
5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 124 lbs|
56.245 kg; bronze black complexion ; grey eyes ; black hair
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Ann Martin (Cunderdin, Western Australia)|
|Date of Enlistment||10 Feb 1916|
|Unit/Formation||44th Battalion, B Company transferred to 28th Battalion / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division|
|Date of Embarkation||6 Jun 1916 ‒ 21 Jul 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A29 Suevic|
|Date of Return||21 Jul 1917 ‒ 11 Sep 1917|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A14 Euripides|
Wounded in Action 3-6 Nov 1916, Gueudecourt |
Returned to Australia
Jarrahdale Honour Roll |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
British War Medal |
Electoral Roll entries - #2288 1914 timber worker, East Kirupp. District of Swan, subdistrict Collie.
At the time Pat entered camp, the 44th Battalion was being raised, and thus he was within a day, allocated to them, and in turn to their B Company.
On 18 Aug 1916 in England, Patrick was charged with being AWOL from 12:00pm 10 Aug 1916 until he reported at 2:15pm on 11 Aug 1916. Awarded 1 day of No.2 Field Punishment, 7 days confined to barracks and forfeited 2 days pay. On 19 Sep 1916 he was charged with being Absent from Church Parade at 9:00am 17 Sep 1916 at Rollestone, for which he received 7 days Confined to Barracks and fined £1/15/- ($3.50).
On arrival in England Patrick had been assigned to the 7th Training Battalion, and at some point was transferred from the 44th Battalion to a 28th Battalion reinforcement group. On 14 Oct 1916 he proceeded overseas to France from Folkestone aboard HMT Victoria. Along with 46 other reinforcements, Patrick joined the 28th Battalion on 30 Oct 1916 at Dernacourt on the Somme where they were in billets.
On 3 Nov 1916 the 28th Battalion relieved the 53rd in the front line trenches. The trenches were in poor order, with between 1 and 3 feet (300mm - 1m) of mud in them. On 5 Nov 1916 they attacked the German front line trenches known as Gird Trench, suffering heavy losses (59 killed, 172 wounded and 50 missing). Patrick received a gunshot wound to his left wrist during the battle that was to be known as Gueudecourt. Treated by the 5th Field Ambulance on 5 Nov 1916, and then the 3rd Stationary Hospital in Rouen on 8 Nov 1916.
On 10 Nov 1916 Patrick was embarked on HMHS Carisbrook Castle at Le Havre for England, and on arrival he was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital the next day. Transferred to the King George's Hospital on 17 Jan 1917 and not released to No 4 Command Depot in Wareham until 7 Mar 1917. Transferred to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott 10 days later. The bones fractured in his arm did not reunite, and thus he was sent back to Australia.
Discharged 5th Military District 20 Nov 1917.
WW2 War Service
He listed Tammin, WA as his home town and was discharged on the 17 November 1941. His posting at discharge was 5th Garrison Battalion .
- National Archives of Australia: Citizen Military Forces Personnel Dossiers, 1939-1947, MICHAEL PATRICK RICHARD : Service Number - W26672 : Date of birth - 14 Jul 1896 : Place of birth - GYMPE QLD : Place of enlistment - SWANBOURNE WA : Next of Kin - MARTIN ANN, W26672