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Harold John Powell was born in Ballarat an was a Storeman by trade when he enlisted in the 2nd Field Ambulance, Section A on 15 March 1915 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne on the Ajana and on August 30th he came ashore at Gallipoli. He served there until the general evacuation in December moved most of the Anzacs to Egypt. While in Egypt, in early March 1916, he was charged with æconduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he used obscene language to an NCO'. For this he was sentenced to 14 days confined to barracks, immediately after which he was moved to France. In March 1918 he was admonished for overstaying his leave, but aside from these blemishes it seems he came through the war without serious illness or wounds. He returned to Australia on the nursing staff aboard the Derbyshire, disembarking at Melbourne on April 22nd 1919.
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