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Edward John NELSON

Regimental number638
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Miss T Hunter, Osterley Moore Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 4"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss G Hunter, Moore Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 October 1917
Discharge date2 February 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 26 June 1915; discharged, 29 June 1915; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 4 days.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915 (gun shot wound, finger, left hand), and admitted to 16th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to hospital. Malta, 11 September 1915; to England, 26 September 1915, and admitted to 3rd Western General Hospital, Cardiff, 4 October 1915. Admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 23 October 1915; transferred to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 May 1916.

Taken on permanent establishment of No 2 Command Depot, 25 November 1916.

Commenced return to Australia, 31 October 1917, for discharge (loss of index finger, left hand);discharged, Sydney (medically unfit), 2 February 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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