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Regimental number635
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.5"
Weight174 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Rafton, West Coast Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Senior Cadets, Hobart.
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1916
Discharge date20 July 1916
Family/military connectionsBrother: 634 Pte Harry RAFTON, 18th Bn, killed in action, 22 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 22 August 1915 (gun shot wound, right knee and arm), and admitted to 16th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to England, and admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London SW, 9 September 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from OPortland on board HT 'Ascanius', 17 March 1916; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, RAFTON Jack

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