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Willie Neville Majoribanks CHESTER

Regimental number13753
Place of birthPort Morseby, Papua New Guinea
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs F M Champion, Port Moresby, Papua
Enlistment date28 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Discharge date28 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria for England, 28 May , 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 July 1916; taken on strength, 2nd Field Ambulance, 3 August 1916.

Admitted sick to hospital, 15 December 1916; rejoined unit, in the field, 30 December 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 24 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 9 October 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Division Rest Station,9 February 1918 (influenza); discharged to duty, and rejoined unit, 20 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 25 August 1918 (gas); admitted to 48th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 August 1918; transferred to Ambulance Train, 31 August 1918, and admitted to 41st Stationary Hospital, 1 September 1918 (mustard gas); discharged to unit, 9 September 1918; rejoined unit, 11 September 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 3 October 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 28 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 17 November 1918.

Found guilty, 13 December 1918, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he used insulting language in the presence of an officer: reduced to the ranks.

Detached to 8th Bn for duty, 13 December 1918; rejoined 2nd Field Ambulance, 20 February 1919.

Marched out for repatriation with Quota 9, 9 March 1919; marched into Weymouth, 21 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919 (Nursing Staff); disembarked Melbourne, 5 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 28 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Sources UNSW Canberra Academy Library Manuscript Collection: Guide to the Papers of Willie Neville Majoribank Chester
Digitised Diary: 5 November 1915 to 22 December 1918

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