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Regimental numberR6385
ReligionChurch of England
Address40 Gold Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Sheldrake, 40 Gold Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 11 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6385
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 January 1920
Discharge date24 May 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Found guilty, at sea, 26 September 1916, of being out of bounds in ship's crew's quarters: forfeited 2 days' pay.

Disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 October 1916.

Tried by District Court Martial, Larkhill, 16 March 1917, on charge of being absent without leave, No 5 Camp, durrington, 3 November 1916-27 February 1917: awarded 8 months' imprisonment; 1 month remitted, 22 March 1917; total forfeiture of pay: 347 days; unexpired portion of sentence remitted as from 11 July 1917.

Found guilty, 26 February 1917, of being absent without leave, 25-26 February 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to camp; forfeited a total of 2 days' pay.

Found guilty, 14 March 1918, of being absent without leave, 3-7 March 1918: awarded 168 hours' detention; forfeited 19 days' leave.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 March 1918; taken on strength, 5th Bn, in the field, 30 March 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 21 April 1918 (septic traumatic abrasions, feet); transferred to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 23 April 1918; to 10th Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 28 April 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 3 May 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 26 May 1918.

Wounded in action, 23 August 1918 (gun shot wound, back), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville; to England, 27 August 1918, and admitted ti Military Hospital, Colchester, 28 August 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 19 September 1918; discharged to Littlemoor Camp, Weymouth, 23 September 1918.

Found guilty, 30 July 1919, of being absent without leave, 29 November-3 December 1919: awarded forfeiture of 10 days' pay; total forfeiture: 15 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Cap Verde', 5 January 1920; disembarked Melbourne, 26 February 1920; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 24 May 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee 1086 Edwar SHELDRAKE for first period of service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHELDRAKE Edward

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