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Regimental number51531
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
OccupationMotor smith
Address2 Edward Street, East St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, A Aitchison, 2 Edward Street, East St Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets for 4 years; in the 50th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces, for 5 months.
Enlistment date1 November 1917
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd General (Victorian) Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Orontes on 5 June 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919
Discharge date6 September 1919
Other details

War service: England

Embarked Sydney, 5 June 1918.

Found guilty, at sea, 15 July 1918, of damaging ship's property, i.e. cutting name in ship's rail: forfeited 7 days' pay.

Found guilty, at sea, 22 July 1918, of (1) sitting on life boat (2) using obscene language: admonished.

Found guilty, at sea, 1 August 1918, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline: forfeited 2 days' pay.

Admitted to ship's hospital, 9 August 1918 (influenza); disembarked and admitted to Belmont Road Hospital, Liverpool, 11 August 1918.

Allotted to Reinforcements, 39th Bn, 11 September 1918.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 21 October 1918 (gassed); discharged to Training Depot, 13 December 1918.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 January 1919; to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 5 February 1919, and admitted to Group Clearing Hospital.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassy', 17 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 30 April 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 6 September 1919.

Medal: British War Medal

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