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Gilbert Hope Quinert was born in Ballarat, was single and a Draper when he enlisted in the 5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements on 7 September 1914 at the age of 19. However, discharged 31 January 1915 on account of refusing to undergo vaccination and inoculation. (attestation forms did not at that time ask: 'Are you prepared to undergo inoculation against smallpox and enteric fever
') He re-enlisted, 15 May 1915 (indicating willingness to be vaccinated and inoculated). Embarked for overseas, 11 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 8 December 1915 and was attached with the 2nd Australian General Hospital, 12th Reinforcement.
He embarked at Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 April 1916. Admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Marseilles, 28 April 1916; discharged to duty, 26 May 1916. Admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital (neurotic heart), 3 December 1916; discharged to duty, 6 December 1916. Granted leave to the United Kingdom, 6 February 1917; returned from leave, 23 February 1917. Found guilty of being absent without leave; awarded 3 days confined to barracks, 2 May 1917. Admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, 31 May 1917; discharged to duty, 19 June 1917. Proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 5 February 1918; re-joined unit from leave, 21 February 1918. Found guilty of being absent without leave, 19-21 February 1918; admonished and awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay. He then proceeded to United Kingdom on leave, 18 January 1919; re-joined unit from leave, 9 February 1919. Marched out for return to Australia, 21 March 1919. Embarked from England on board 'Norman', 4 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 18 August 1919. Discharged, 8 November 1919.
He had two brothers who also served: Pte Phillip Quinert, 2nd Bn, returned to Australia, 11 March 1916 (Tree No. UNK); 723 Pte William Norwood Quinert, 2nd Australian General Hospital, returned to Australia, 8 May 1919 (Tree No. 355)
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