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William Alfred ROYLE

Regimental number1601
Place of birthStockport, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 7.25"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Royle, 48 Alepandrake Road, South Bort, Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 November 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 8 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Henrietta ROYLE
Discharge date28 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 27 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

To hospital, 4 December 1916; rejoined unit, 7 December 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 14 December 1916, and transferred to Divisional Rest Station the same day (gastritis); to No 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 16 December 1916 (tubercele lung); to No 23 Ambulance Train, 16 December 1916; to No 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 17 December 1916; to England, 21 December 1916; to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 21 December 1916 (laryngitis and bronchitis); to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 January 1917; discharged to furlough, 8 January 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 24 January 1917 (Class B1A).

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, 29 January 1917.

Attached to 65th Bn, Wareham, 25 March 1917.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 61st Bn, Wareham, 15 May 1917.

Transferred to 23rd Bn on being marched out of 61st Draft Bn, 19 September 1917.

Attached for duty with Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, England, 9 October 1917.

Medical history, 18 November 1917, notes attacks of dyspnoea during night and on exertion.

Detached from Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, 12 March 1918, and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, the same day.

Commenced return to Australia of board HT 'Marathon', 15 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 12 June 1918.

Medical examination, No 11 Australian General Hospital, Elsternwick, Victoria, 4 July 1918, 'feels fairly fit occasional cough. O.E. Heart A.B. 5th space inside N.L. sounds distant clear. Lungs expansion poor. V.M. distant. Occasional Rhouchus....Incapacity - One-third'.

Discharged Melbourne (medically unfit: general debility), 28 July 1918

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 February 1929
Age at death54
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROYLE William Alfred

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