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John Frederick RITCHIE

Regimental number1169
Place of birthBristol, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas P Ritchie, 27 0akfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, England
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 2nd Bn, Somerset Light Infantry, Territorial Force; resigned on leaving the district.
Enlistment date28 August 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateDischarged 14 January 1918
Discharge date14 January 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 2 November 1915.

Admitted to hospital, Mudros, 28 November 1915 (diptheria), and reverted to Private; transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 28 November 1916; to 1st Canadian Stationary Hospital, 9 January 1916; to 18th Stationary Hospital; discharged to Base Details, 13 January 1916.

Admitted to Lowlands Casualty Clearing Station, 13 January 1916 (diptheria); transferred to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 15 January 1916; to HS 'Panama', 28 January 1916; disembarked Malta, 26 January 1916, and admitted to Imtarfa Hospital; transferred to St Michael's Hospital Compound, 6 March 1916; discharged, for for Active Service, 23 March 1916; returned to Egypt on board HT 'Wandilla'.

Admitted to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 30 March 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to duty, 3 April 1916 (diptheria).

Transferred to 47th Bn, 25 April 1916; taken on strength, 48th Bn from 11th Bn through 47th Bn, 26 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1916 (gun shot wound, neck); admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 7 August 1916; transferred same day to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne (wound: severe); to England, 13 August 1916, and admitted same day to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 September 1916.

Attached for duty with Headquarters, AIF Depots in the United Kingdom, 25 November 1916.

Discharged from the AIF in London 'in consequence of being permanently unfit for General Service', 14 January 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RITCHIE John Frederick

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