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Friend Cleggett WHITTLE

Regimental number359
Date of birth18 January 1896
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSheep grazier
AddressBurnside, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height6' 0"
Weight182 lbs
Next of kinFather, Harry Herbert Whittle, Beaumont, Burnside, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 7 months in the Cadets.
Enlistment date26 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollStaff Sergeant
Unit from Nominal RollEchelon
FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1918
Discharge date5 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

To hospital, sick (Monash Valley), 24 June 1915; admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 30 June 1915 (gastritis); transferred to Overseas Base, Mustapha, 14 August 1915; attached to No 17 General Hospital, Alexandria, 16 August 1915.

Taken on strength, Australian Records Section, Alexandria, 30 August 1915.

Appointed Acting Sergeant, 1 October 1915; promoted Sergeant from 1 October 1915.

Admitted to 15th General Hospital, 29 October 1915 (appendicitis); rejoined Records Section from hospital, 30 October 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; taken on strength, Australian Records Section, GHQ, British Expeditionary Force, Rouen, 5 July 1916.

Appointed Acting Staff Sergeant, 12 July 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 6 December 1916 (tonsillitis); discharged, and rejoined unit, 12 December 1916.

On Command, Administrative HQ, London, 24 March 1917; rejoined Records Section, Rouen, 3 May 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 15 May 1917 (sore throat); transferred to 1st Stationary Hospital, 17 May 1917 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); discharged, and rejoined unit 17 June 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 32 days.

On leave, 28 July 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 6 September 1917.

Reverted to Sergeant at own request.

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, 23 November 1917 (purexia, unknown origin); transferred to England (pneumonia and pleurisy), 20 December 1917, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 22 December 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 29 January 1918 (lobar pneumonia and pleurisy).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Wandilla', 16 March 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 22 May 1918; discharged (medically unfit: lobar pneumonia), Adelaide, 5 July 1918.

War service: 3 years 314 days (of which 3 years 205 days were abroad).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 23 April 1940; discharged, 19 November 1942, as NX12944 (N65517) Warrant Officer Class 2, Headquarters, AIF United Kingdom.
Date of death14 July 1947
Age at death51
Place of burialMitcham Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHITTLE Friend Cleggett

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