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Keith Alfred BETTLES

Regimental number288
Date of birth10 September 1894
Place of birthBright, Victoria
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolBright and Dargo State Schools, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCycle builder
AddressHigh Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinAlfred Bettles, 18 Eglinton Street, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years 2 months in the 56th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name6th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 July 1918
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1887 Pte Charles Leslie BETTLES, 22nd Bn, killed in action, 29 July 1916; 2081 Lance Corporal Ray Scott BETTLES, 23rd Bn, killed in action, 28 July 1916.
Other details

War service: embarked from Melbourne, 19 October 1914; disembarked Egypt. Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 2 April 1916.

Transferred to Base Kit Stores, Marseilles, 6 April 1916.

Proceeded to rejoin unit, 15 July 1916; rejoined unit, 21 July 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 23 December 1916.

Admitted to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 26 December 1916; discharged to Base Details to duty, 3 May 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 129 days; rejoined unit, 11 May 1917.

On leave to Paris, 5 September 1917; rejoined unit, 11 September 1917.

Detached for duty with 2nd Training Brigade, England, 10 October 1917.

Attended 50th Course of Instruction at the Southern Command Bomb School, Lyndhurst, 18 October-3 November 1917. Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 7 November 1917.

Detached for attached duty with Permanent Cadre of 2nd Training Brigade, 7 November 1917.

Marched in to Base Depot, Havre, from England, 24 January 1918.

Transferred to England for return to Australia, 28 February 1918; commenced return to Australia on board 'D17' as submarine guard, 31 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 June 1975
Age at death80
Place of burialFrankston Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, BETTLES Keith Alfred

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