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Born in Steiglitz, Grenville and a Pastry Cook by Trade, Richard Charles Cornish was 20 years and single when enlisted on the 22nd of February 1915 in the 23rd Battalion, C Company, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 915. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 'Euripides' on the 10th of May 1915. On the 27th of July 1915 admitted to Hospital in Egypt. On the 3rd of August 1915 sailed from Suez per 'Port Lincoln'. Transferred to Broadmeadows on the 6th of October 1915 as unfit Hospital; Discharged medically unfit, Melbourne on the 14th of October 1915. Returned to Australia on the 4th of August 1915. Disembarked at Melbourne on the 2nd of September 1915 and Discharged from the 3rd Military District on the 14th of October 1915. Tree No. 405