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Regimental number3608
Date of birth4 October 1896
Place of birthNorthwood, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBagdad, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Charles Edward Masterman, Bagdad, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the 36th Field Company, Army Engineers; 6 months in the Cadets; 1 year in the Officer Training Corps, England.
Enlistment date17 August 1917
Place of enlistmentHobart, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateDischarged 23 April 1920
Discharge date23 April 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 30 October 1917; admitted to ship's hospital, 19 December 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 26 December 1917, and admitted to 4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth (mumps); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 5 February 1918; marched in to 10th Training Bn, Sutton Mandeville, 12 February 1918; marched out to 2nd Training Bn, Fovant, 12 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 April 1918; taken on strength, 40th Bn, 23 April 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 18 May 1918; Temporary Corporal, 30 June 1918.

Reported missing in action, 31 August 1918; subsequently confirmed taken prisoner of war in German hands.

Repatriated from Germany; arrived in England, 9 January 1919.

Granted leave, 13 January-14 February 1919.

Granted leave (Non-Military Employment) with pay and subsistence (fees of £25.0.0), 15 February-20 October 1919, to attend Braesnose College, Oxford University. Leave extended to 31 December 1919. Granted further leave, without pay but with subsistence of £87.0.0 and fees of £24.18.0. On expiry of NME granted leave under special conditions; cancelled as from 22 April 1920.

On being refused extension of leave, he wrote, 15 April 1920, seeking approval of his discharge in England: 'I mean to return to Australia but it is to Australia's benefit as much as my own that I should return fully qualified for my special work.'

Discharged from the AIF in London, 23 April 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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