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Regimental number1868
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBeremboke, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation41
Height5' 4.75"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Louisa Bartlett, Beremboke, Victoria
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 April 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2030
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollArmy Veterinary Corps
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Marched into 12th Training Bn, Rollestone, England, 21 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 September 1916; marched into 4th Australian Division Base Depot, 24 September 1916; marched out and joined 46th Bn, 4 October 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 8 November 1916 (scabies); transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 8 November 1916; discharged to duty, 18 November 1916; rejoined unit, 22 November 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 6 February 1917 (septic toe); transferred to 4th Divisional Rest Station, 7 February 1917; to 1st Anzac Receiving Station, 20 February 1917 (scabies); discharged to duty, 1 March 1917; rejoined unit, 2 March 1917.

Wounded in action, France, 11 April 1917; admitted to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 April 1917 (shrapnel wound, knee); transferred to Ambulance Train No 11, 12 April 1917; to 1st General Hospital, Etretat, 13 April 1917; discharged to duty, 2 May 1917 (chronic otitis media - ear infection); marched into 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 4 May 1917.

Transferred to Australian Veterinary Corps and taken on strength, 15 May 1917.

Proceeded on leave to United Kingdom, 19 September 1917; returned from leave, 29 September 1917.

[no details of service between 29 September 1917 and 22 March 1918].

Transferred to Base Depot, Calais, 22 March 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Havre, 23 March 1918; to England, 1 April 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, 2 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Gaika', 12 May 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 5 July 1918; discharged, 22 July 1918 (medically unfit, rheumatism).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medals marked returned 10 May 1923.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ASHMAN Ernest

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