Private Davy Singh

Name: Davy (Davey/Dava/Dev) SINGH

Rank: Private

Regimental Number: 179, 33rd Btn

Age: 34 years and 2 months at enlistment

Place of Enlistment: Inverell, NSW

Place of Birth: Lahore, Punjab, India

Occupation: Hawker and Farmer

Marital Status: Married - Janey Singh (nee Sidebottom)


Circa 1916 - Kelly’s Gully, Warialda, NSW, 

Circa 1916 - Boolaroo, via Newcastle, NSW

Circa 1937 - ‘Bullecourt’, Bimbaya, NSW

Circa 1949 - Candelo, NSW

Religion (per enlistment form): Hindoo

Service Outline:

  • 12th February 1916 - Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Inverell and to camp Rutherford.

  • 4th May 1916 - Embarked Sydney for the United Kingdom per Transport ‘Marathon’ with A Company, 33rd Infantry Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Division.

  • 14th June 1916 - Awarded an extra duty for having broken ranks from a route march at Cape Town.  

  • 9th July 1916 - Disembarked Devonport and to camp Hurdcott.

  • 12th November 1916 - Absent Without Leave and to fourteen day Field Punishment Number 2.

  • 24th November 1916 - Embarked Southampton for France.

  • 27th December 1916 - Operations France and Flanders against the Germans from near Armentieres and later The Somme, Ypres and Bullecourt.

  • 12th to 18th April 1917 - Sick with influenza 10th Field Ambulance.

  • 23rd April 1917 - Sick with influenza.

  • 29th April 1917 - To United Kingdom per Hospital Ship ‘Jan Breydal’ and to Military Hospital, Aldershot.

  • 9th May 1917 - To 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield.

  • 16th June 1917 - To 2nd Convalescent Depot, Weymouth.

  • 27th July 1917 - Embarked United Kingdom for South Africa suffering neurasthenia and malaria per Transport ‘Demosthenes’.

  • 24th September 1917 - Disembarked Melbourne.

  • 30th October 1917 - Discharged Sydney Medically Unfit.

Other Information:

  • Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal 1914-1919.

  • Described as 65 inches tall, 135 pounds in weight, chest 36.5 to 38.5 inches, dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.

  • Noted children Tommy (David Thomas 1917 to 1996) and Katey (Catherine 1915 to 1977).

  • Noted in Civil Hospital Randwick circa 1927 following the theft of his wallet.

  • Died Bega, New South Wales in 1952.

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