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Arnold Lester Ray HANTON

Regimental number5478
Place of birthBroken Hill, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdjery Road, Kadina, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs E H Hanton, Adjery Road, Kadina, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 October 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1919
Discharge date18 June 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, france, 14 June 1916.

Wounded in action, and taken prisoner of war, 11 April 1917.

Repatriated from Germany, and arrived in england, 6 December 1918; granted leave until 11 January 1919.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 3 January 1919; discharged, 29 March 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 86 days.

Admitted to Military Hospital, 28 April 1919 (mental disease); transferred to Military Hospital, Napsbury, 1 May 1919; to Lord Derby War hospital, Warrington, 21 July 1919; note on file: 'No improvement in mental condition: still depressed and deluded.'

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 9 December 1919 (mental case); disembarked, Adelaide, 24 January 1920; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 18 June 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Roy.
Date of death24 August 1939
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, HANTON Arnold Lester Ray

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