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Stanley Alfred ASHDOWN

Regimental number126
Place of birthGravesend, Kent, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHospital, Morrisett, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinC Ashdown, 11 Darnley Street, Gravesend, Kent, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Discharge date22 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 23 June 1915; reverted to Private at own request, same day.

Detached for duty on board HT 'Somali', Mudros to Malta, date not recorded (Officer's batman).

Taken on strength, 1st Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, from 27th Draft from England, 16 April 1916.

Transferred to 55th Bn, and taken on strength, Ferry {ost, 21 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left ring finger), and admitted to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train; transferred to No 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne; to England, 22 July 1916, and admitted to St John's Hospital, Hastings, affiliated with Pavilion Hospital, Brighton; transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 21 September 1916; discharged, 23 September 1916; granted furlough, 26 September 1916.

Marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Bovington Camp, 13 October 1916.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 24 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 May 1917; rejoined 55th Bn, in the field, 12 June 1917.

Detached to D

Promoted Corporal, 23 July 1917.

Detached to 1st Anzac Infantry School, 25 August 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 30 September 1917.

Detached to 5th Division Headquarters (Officers' Club), 3 February 1918; rejoined Bn, 16 February 1918.

On leave, 4 March 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 22 March 1918.

Detached to Brigade School, 16 June 1918.

Admitted to 15th Australian field Ambulance while at School, 7 July 1918, and transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station (originally diagnosed venereal); transferred to Ambulance Train, 11 July 1918; admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 16 July 1918; discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 16 August 1918 (balantitis, not venereal); rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia (special 12914 leave) from Southampton on board HT 'Durham', 23 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne for onward travel to Sydney, 24 December 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 22 February 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsOne of 29 male staff from the Morisset Mental Hospital who enlisted for service overseas. Their names are listed on a Honour Board in the recreation hall, Morisset Hospital.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ASHDOWN Stanley Alfred

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