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Miles Charles Cariston SETON

Date of birth1874
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressSt Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation41.6
Height5' 10.5"
Weight204 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Seton, 26 Howard Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed in South Africa (Boer War) for 2 years (first as Civil Surgeon, South African Field Force; then as Captain, Cape Medical Staff Corps).
Enlistment date1 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Kanowna on 22 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
FateMurdered 13 January 1919
Age at death from cemetery records44
Place of burialBrookwood Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row H, Grave No 7), Surrey, England
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Carden SETON and Amy Isobel SETON
Other details

War service: Egypt, England

Reported for duty, 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 1 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria for England, 1 August 1916; marched in to No 2 Camp, Parkhouse, 27 August 1916.

Marched out to 15th Training Bn, 27 September 1916.

Transferred to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 30 October1916.

Admitted to Wareham Hospital, 26 December 1916 (malaria); marched in to No 4 Command Depot from hospital, 31 January 1917.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 October 1917.

Promoted Major, 10 September 1918.

Attached for duty to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 26 November 1918.

Murdered by Colonel Norman Cecil RUTHERFORD DSO (jealous husband), at 13 Clarendon Road, Holland Park, London, 14 January 1919. Rutherford was found to be insane from shell-shock and committed to Broadmoor Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Official Secretary to the Governor-General, Melbourne, wrote to Secretary, Defence Department, 31 January 1919: ' ... the reported circumstances under which this Officer met his death seems to scarcely come within the circumstances which call for the King's Message' [of condolence to the next of kin].

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SETON Miles Charles Cariston

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