Private Desanda Singh

Name: Desanda (Desunda) SINGH 

Rank: Private

Regimental Number: 3720, 3rd Light Horse

Place of Enlistment: Adelaide, SA

Date of Birth: 1879

Place of Birth: Punjab, India

Occupation: Farmer

Marital Status: Single


Mr Sirdar SINGH, Ada Street, Adelaide, SA

Later - Denial Bay, West Coast, SA

Circa 1917 (Brother) - Mr Chunda SINGH, Jullunder, Rampur, India

Later (Father): Mr Boota SINGH, Daller Post Office, Sultanpur, Kapoorthaler (Kapoorthala), Punjab, India

Religion: Singh and Sikh recorded

Service Outline:

  • 1st November 1917 - Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Adelaide and to Camp Mitcham.

  • 7th November 1917 - To 33rd Reinforcement Group for the 3rd Light Horse Regiment.

  • 19th December 1917 - To 34th Reinforcement Group for the 3rd Light Horse Regiment.

  • 30th March 1918 - Embarked Adelaide for the Middle East per Transport ‘Ormonde’.

  • 4th April 1918 - Disembarked Suez and to camp Moascar, Egypt.

  • 20th May 1918 - To 1st Australian Mounted Division Cairo.

  • 25th May 1918 - To Jericho.

  • 8th July 1918 - Sick to 66th Casualty Clearing Station.

  • 10th July 1918 - To 26th Casualty Clearing Station.

  • 11th July 1918 - To 44th Stationary Hospital Kantara.

  • 13th July 1918 - To 14th Australian General Hospital with Pyrexia.

  • 7th August 1918 - To Camp Moascar.

  • 30th August 1918 - Embarked Suez per Transport ‘Wiltshire’.

  • 3rd October 1918 - Disembarked Sydney.

  • 10th October 1918 - Discharged Adelaide due to ‘family reasons’.

Other Information:

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

  • Described as 62.5 inches tall, 126 pounds in weight, chest 33 to 34.5 inches, dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.

  • Discharge reason changed to ‘by discretion of the authorities because of peculiar conditions existing in this theatre’ (referring perhaps to the impending Egyptian Rebellion).

  • Noted as a Repatriation Department case circa 1936.

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