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Herbert Edgar GALES

Regimental number48
Place of birthBrunswick, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressDunloe Avenue, Mont Albert, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 3"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gales, Dunloe Avenue, Mont Albert, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, Headquarters, Band
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919
Discharge date14 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Detached from 29th Bn and attached to 8th Bde Band, 3 September 1916.

Attached to 5th Australian Army Ordnance Corps, 17 February 1917.

Attached to 8th Infantry Bde Headquarters for band duties, 1 June 1917.

On leave to Paris, 25 November 1917; rejoined 8th Infantry Bde Headquarters, 30 November 1917.

On leave to England, 13 February 1918; rejoined 8th Infantry Bde Headquarters, 2 March 1918.

Transferred from 29th Bn to 32nd Bn, while at 8th Infantry Bde Headquarters, 12 October 1918; taken on strength of 32nd Bn while at 8th Infantry Bde Headquarters, 12 October 1918.

On leave to Paris, 9 December 1918; rejoined 8th Infantry Bde Headquarters, 17 December 1918.

Embarked Havre and proceeded to England, 13 February 1919; disembarked Southampton, 14 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HMAT 'Derbyshire', 2 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 22 April 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 14 June 1919.

Total war service: 1633 days' service (of which 1257 days were abroad).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 January 1942 'Moorange' Home for Incurables
SourcesNAA: B2455, GALES Herbert Edgar

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