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Rhys Jones was born in Ballarat and was a Labourer buy trade when he enlisted in the 22nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement on 7 July 1915 at the age of 24. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915. On June 30th 1916 he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to his right thigh, and was evacuated first to the Canadian Hospital in France, then to the Norfolk War Hospital in England. He returned to France in March 1917 but three weeks later he was wounded for a second time. It is recorded that he suffered wounds to his left thigh and groin and to his left arm. He was again evacuated to England and his frustration was perhaps demonstrated by the fact that he attracted two separate charges of æcreating a disturbance in the ward at 9.30pm' and æattempting to break out of hospital', each of which caused him to forfeit a day's pay. He embarked from England in January 1918 on the Port Darwin and arrived at Melbourne on March 4th 1918. On July 1st 1918, three years to the day after he enlisted, he was discharged æmedically unfit – GSW left groin'.
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