William Harold John BASKIVILLE

Regimental number2866
Place of birthTe Aroha, New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressOrange, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Ellen Baskiville, Waihow via Thames, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the Paiko Mounted Rifles, New Zealand.
Enlistment date23 August 1916
Place of enlistmentBathurst, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name57th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/74/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 3 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateDischarged in the United Kingdom 6 March 1920

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date6 March 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 3 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917; taken on strength, 57th Bn, 23 May 1917.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial of being absent without leave, 21-29 July 1917: awarded 21 days' forfeiture of pay.

Admitted to hospital, 20 October 1917 (synovitis, right knee); rejoined unit, 14 November 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 22 January 1918; Sergeant, 1 April 1918.

Application for discharge in United Kingdom, 3 December 1919, rejected. Declared an illegal absentee as from 21 January 1920; reported back in London, 3 April 1920, and discharged as from 6 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal