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Archibald Ernest NOVICE

Regimental number243
Date of birth30 July 1897
Place of birthNorwood, South Australia
SchoolRose Park Public School; Hoggs' Commercial Training Academy, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationClerk
AddressVictoria Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5.25"
Weight117 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rachel Culliford Novice, Victoria Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 August 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date23 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Reported wounded, Passchendaele, October 1917; remained on duty. Gassed, Corbie, April 1918; invalided to Connaught Hospital, Aldershot, England; recovered and rejoined unit.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Ceramic', 9 August 1919 (with wide and 1 child); disembarked Adelaide, 24 September 1919; discharged, 23 November 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 June 1981

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