Serial No. 5008
Samuel Devlin - Information
Samuel was born in Ballamena in Ireland. He migrated to Australia, and eventually settled in Picton. He took up residence in Carrie’s Hotel and found work as a labourer. Claiming he was 43, he joined up on the 27th of April 1917 at the Royal Australian Showground Camp. He commenced his training in Sydney, delegated to the 14th Reinforcements, 30th Battalion as a Private. He was shipped out on the 10th of May 1917, departing Sydney onboard the HMAT Marathon.
Samuel disembarked in Devonport, England on the 20th of July, and was marched out to the 8th Training Battalion at Hurdcott. However, he was having much difficulty completing training exercises and was brought before a medical board. He was diagnosed with senility and having varicose veins. Considered unfit for active service, he was sent back to Australia on the 1st of November. He was discharged in February 1918, and relocated to the Globe Hotel on Forbes St in Darlinghurst.