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Edward RACEY

Regimental number1401
Place of birthElm Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Racey, Chapel Lane, Elm Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Militia for 6 months; purchased discharge.
Enlistment date16 October 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Company
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Discharge date10 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 11th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 May 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Detached to School of Instruction, 6 February 1916; rejoined Bn from detachment.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 3rd Machine Gun Company, 13 March 1916.

Mustered as Driver, 28 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.

Appointed Lance corporal, 26 September 1917.

On leave to England, 17 May 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 29 May 1917.

Detached to 3rd Infantry Brigade School, 7 December 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 17 January 1918.

On leave to Paris, 18 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 28 January 1918.

Wounded in action, 7 March 1918 (gassed shell), admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 17, 8 March 1918, and admitted same day to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogne; transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 13 March 1918; to 10th Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 14 March 1918; to Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 23 March 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 28 March 1918.

Unit designation changed to 1st Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918.

Marched in to Army Rest Camp, 30 June 1918; rejoined Bn, 17 July 1918.

Reverted to Private at own request, 20 July 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 2 August 1918; rejoined Bn, 25 August 1918.

Embarked Havre for return to Australia, 6 December 1918; marched in to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 7 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Anchises', 28 February 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 7 April 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 10 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin address incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Elinwisbech, Cambridgeshire, England.
SourcesNAA: B2455, RACEY Edward

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