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Regimental number480
Place of birthPreston, Lancashire, England
SchoolMoor Park, West Preston, Lancashire, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
Address36 Newton Street, Darwin Lancashire, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Robert A Ainsworth, 36 Newton Street, Darwin Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 November 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Date of death5 November 1917
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialDochy Farm New British Cemetery (Plot VII, Row, C, Grave No 11), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert Alexander and Fanny AINSWORTH, 5 Green Street, East Darwin, Lancs. Native of Preston, Lancs, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Valdivia', Gallipoli, 14 October 1915 (influenza); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 18 October 1915; to NZ&A Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 29 October 1915 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 28 December 1915; rejoined Bn, 5 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 19 July 1916 (scabies); rejoined Bn, 22 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916 (gun shot wound, left arm), and admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train No 26; admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 9 August 1916, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol, 10 August 1916;discharged on furlough, 9 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 December 1916; marched out to unit, 21 December 1916.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 21 December 1916 (influenza); transferred to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, Touquet, 25 December 1916; discharged to Base Depot, Etaples, 14 January 1917; rejoined 18th Bn, in the field, 19 February 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 19 June 1917 (gonorrhea), and transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 22 June 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 21 August 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 62 days.

Killed in action, Belgium, 5 November 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, AINSWORTH Robert

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