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Ralph Trenchard

Regimental number2423
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLine mechanic
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Guy Trenchard, c/o E.J. Forbes, Hamilton Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Pioneer Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 December 1919
Discharge date16 March 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 22 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 13 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 October 1917; taken on strength, 1st Pioneer Bn, 20 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 23 August 1918; remained at duty.

Wounded in action, 25 August 1918 (gassed). Admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station, 26 August 1918; transferred to England, 29 August 1918, and admitted to Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, 30 August 1918. Transferred to No. 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 8 October 1918; discharged to No. 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 October 1918.

Granted period of Non-Military Employment, 4 March-4 June 1919 (linotype operator at Linotype and Machinery Ltd, 188 Fleet Street, London); extended to 20 September 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Lucie Woermann', 5 December 1919; disembarked Sydney, 23 January 1920; discharged, 16 March 1920.

Total war service: 3 years 319 days (of which 3 years 155 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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