From Our Contribution
courtesy "No Less Worthy"
|Date of Birth||c1889|
|Place of Birth||Cunderdin, Western Australia|
|Death||25 May 1951|
|Place of Death||Perth, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||27 years old|
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||11 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 Fremantle to Plymouth|
|Date of Return||21 Jul 1917 ‒ 11 Sep 1917|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A14 Euripides England to Fremantle|
Wounded in Action 3-6 Nov 1916, Gueudecourt |
Returned to Australia
Jarrahdale Honour Roll |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
British War Medal |
At age 13 Patrick was employed by Joseph Marwick a York farmer.
Electoral Roll entries - 1914 timber worker, East Kirup.
At the time Patrick 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. At enlistment he claimed to have been born in Gympie, Queensland, a claim he repeated when he enlisted for WW2.
On 18 Aug 1916 in England, Patrick was charged with being AWOL from 12:00am 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. Released to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 22 Nov 1916, he was then sent to Weymouth on 25 Nov 1916. However, by 1 Dec 1916 he was again in need of medical attention and this time he was admitted to the King George's Hospital with an unknown infection. Released on 5 Mar 1917 to No 2 Command Depot at Weymouth, then 2 days later to the No 4 Command Depot at Wareham and then to the No 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott on 17 Mar 1917. There on 3 Apr 1917 he was classified as B2A, unfit for further battlefield duty.
While waiting to go home, on 1 May 1917 he was transferred to the No Command Depot at Weymouth. The bones fractured in his arm did not reunite, and thus he was sent back to Australia where he was discharged by the 5th Military District on 20 Nov 1917.
Within a year of his discharge, Patrick was back in the Northam area. By the early 1930s he was working at Yorkrakine, and at the end of the decade he was in the Tammin district. At the time of his death, burial records give Wubin as his normal place of residence.
WW2 War Service
At enlistment for WWII, Patrick listed Tammin, WA as his home town. His posting at discharge was 5th Garrison Battalion .
Valuable background information provided by Rob Horridge, and the publication No Less Worthy
- 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