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Regimental number2379
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr Robert Aberdein, Gooroolba Siding, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 March 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 19 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2377
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 26 September 1917
Discharge date5 January 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 19 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 December 1916; marched in to 13th Training Bn, 10 December 1916.

Found guilty, Codford, 3 January 1917, of overstaying leave from 1 am, 3 January, to 2 pm, 5 January 1917: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 6 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 February 1917; taken on strength, 49th Bn, in the field, 13 February 1917.

Detached to School of Instruction, 24 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, right forearm), admitted same day to 9th Casualty Clearing Station and transferred to Ambulance Train No 112, and admitted to 55th General Hospital, Abbeville, 8 June 1917; transferred to England, 13 June 1917, and admitted same day to County of Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury (wound: severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 19 July 1917; discharged on furlough, 17 August 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 26 September 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 21 November 1917; re-embarked on HT 'Suevic' for Brisbane, 22 November 1917; discharged, Brisbane, 5 January 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 May 1968
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABERDEIN James

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