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Regimental number4790
Date of birth23 March 1898
Place of birthSouthport, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSamson Vale, NC Line, Strathpine, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Thistlethwaite, Strathpine, Queensland
Previous military servicePreviously rejected for AIF enlistment, 'on or about October, 1915'.
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 12 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1919
Discharge date19 March 1920
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 995 Pte Albert Elihu THISTLETHWAITE, 42nd Bn, killed in action, 13 October 1917; 5484 Pte Richard Dickson THISTLETHWAITE, 9th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 May 1919; 1987 Pte William Arthur THISTLETHWAITE, 42nd Bn, returned to Australia, 26 September 1917.
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War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to Government Hospital, Suez, 17 May 1916 (jaundice); transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 15 June 1916; to Ras el Tin Convalescent Depot; to 2nd Division Base Details, 13 July 1916; marched out to 26th Bn, 15 July 1916.

Transferred to 49th Bn, 18 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 August 1916; taken on strength, 42nd Bn, England, 23 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 12 January 1917 (mumps); appointed Lance Corporal, 13 January 1917; transferred to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 21 January 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 9 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 16 February 1917.

Detached to 3rd Division School, 25 March 1917; marched out to rejoin Bn, 8 April 1917.

Admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 April 1917 (conjunctivitis); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 27 April 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 29 April 1917.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 May 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 29 May 1917; to Ambulance Train, and admitted No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, 30 May 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 2 July 1917; to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Rouelles, 6 July 1917.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 22 July 1917; discharged to Base Depot, Rouelles, 10 November 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 102 days.

Wounded in action, 30 March 1918 (shell wound, right hand); admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, 2 April 1918; to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 5 April 1918; to 6th Convalescent Depot, 8 April 1918; to 10th Convalescent Depot, Ecaust, 14 April 1918; discharged to Base Depot, Rouelles; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 July 1918.

On leave to England, 9 August 1918; admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, while in leave, 23 August 1918; discharged from hospital, 11 June 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 293 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ypiringa', 15 November 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 January 1920; discharged, Brisbane, 19 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 February 1969
Age at death70
Place of burialSamford Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland

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