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Francis BETHUNE

Regimental number4999
Place of birthKaniva, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCanterbury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Bethune, Warburton Road, Canterbury, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 October 1917
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Discharge date5 November 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4998 Pte James BETHUNE, 32nd Bn, killed in action, 24 June 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1917; disembarked Suez, 16 January 1918.

Embarked Alexandria, 23 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, Italy, 4 February 1918; entrained Taranto, 7 February 1918; detrained Cherbourg, France, 14 February 1918; embarked Cherbourg, 14 February 1918; disembarked Southampton, England, 15 February 1918, and marched in to 15th Training Bn, Codford.

Admitted to Clearing Hospital, Codford, 22 February 1918; discharged from hospital, 10 March 1918 (no further details).

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 April 1918; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 10 May 1918.

Wounded in action, 23 June 1918 (shrapnel wound, right shoulder), and admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 14, 25 June 1918, and admitted to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 June 1918; transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 27 June 1918; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 29 June 1918; discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 24 July 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 30 August 1918.

On leave to England, 24 January 1919; admitted to Military Hospital, Endell Street, London, while on leave, 31 January 1919 (influenza); discharged on furlough, 10 March 1919, to report to No 1 Command Depot, 20 March 1919.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 16 April 1919 (influenza); discharged on furlough, 16 May 1919, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Melbourne', 5 July 1919; admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 2 August 1919 (not yet diagnosed); disembarked Adelaide, 18 August 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 5 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 June 1931
SourcesNAA: B2455, BETHUNE Francis

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