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Albert HEASMAN

Regimental number595
Place of birthSussex England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address...
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFather, E O Heasman, Tutt's Farm, South Common, Chailey, Sussex, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. very gallantly led his Platoon in the charge upon MOUQUET FARM, on the 29th/30th August, 1916. When the enemy counter attacked and drove back our Company he organised a small rear party and covered their retirement. When the retirement was completed he returned to the trenches and rendered great assistance in reorganising the Company.. This N.C.O. showed great coolness, courage, and devotion to duty under most trying conditions.'

Discharge date22 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Promoted Corporal, to date from 23 May 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 3 October 1915 (influenza); transferred to British Base, 18 October 1915; to England, 21 October 1915, and admitted to Military Hospital, Fulham, 27 October 1915.

Rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France,23 June 1916 (dates unclear on Form B.103).

Promoted Sergeant, 22 March 1916.

Awarded Military Medal, in the field, 21 October 1916.

Transferred to 10th Training Bn, England, 12 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 April 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 3 May 1917.

Marched out to England for duty with 4th Training Bn, 26 June 1917; marched in to 4th Training Bn, Codford, 2 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 October 1917.

Attended course in Lewis Gun, 31 August-14 September 1917: qualified as 1st Class.

On Command, No 6 Officers Cadet Bn, Oxford, 4 January 1918; qualified for Commission in Infantry, 22 June 1918; appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 1 August 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 August 1918; rejoined 16th Bn, 27 August 1918.

Detached to Australian Corps Gas School, 27 October 1918; rejoined Bn, 2 November 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 6 November 1918.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 29 January 1919 (influenza); transferred same day to 20th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, 4 February 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 31 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ormonde', 16 June 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 22 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEASMAN Albert

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