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Regimental number9420
Place of birthYass, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressYass, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.10
Height5' 9.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Rattenbury, Howlong via Yass, New South Wales
Previous military serviceMember for 2 years in Murrumbateman Rifle Club; club disbanded.
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 September 1915
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name5th Field Artillery Brigade Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Discharge date11 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 21 December 1915.

Taken on strength, 5th Field Artillery Brigade, Zeitoun, 25 December 1915, and posted to 13th Battery.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Mustered as Driver, 25 May 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 13 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 27 August 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 20 September 1918; admitted to 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Edinburgh, while on leave, 2 October 1918 (influenza); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 2 November 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, 5 November 1918.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, 15 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Mamari', 21 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 4 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit: influenza), Sydney, 11 April 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RATTENBURY George

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