|Place of birth||Hardhill, Scotland|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||74 Curtis Road, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||26|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs M. Eccles, 74 Curtis Road, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||1st Battalion, 21st Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/18/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Battalion|
|Fate||Died of disease
|Place of death or wounding||France|
|Age at death||29|
|Place of burial||Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row H, Grave No. 23), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: James and Annie ECCLES; husband of Maggie ECCLES, 74 Curtis Road, Balmain, Sydney. Native of Scotland|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 November 1916.
Marched into 1st Training Bn, Larkhill, 11 December 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 15 March 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, 16 March 1917.
Proceeded to unit, 4 April 1917; taken on strength of 1st Bn, in the field, 11 April 1917.
Wounded in action, 5 May 1917; admitted to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 5 May 1917, and transferred to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, the same day (shrapnel wound, right arm); to England, 14 May 1917; to No 2 Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 15 May 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 8 June 1917; discharged to furlough, 13 June 1917, and to report to No 1 Command Depot, 27 June 1917.
Posted as absent without leave, 27 June 1917.
Declared as illegally absent, 20 July 1917.
Tried by District Court Martial, 11 February 1918, on a charge of while on active service, deserting His Majesty's service from 27 June 1917, until apprehended at Stevenson, 17 January 1918; found Guilty: Sentenced to 2 years' detention; sentence confirmed by Hon. Sir J.W. McCay, General Officer Commanding A.I.F. Depots in United Kingdom.
Marched out of No 1 Command Depot, 25 February 1918, and admitted to Lewes Detention Barracks the same day.
Discharged from Lewes Detention Barracks, 1 October 1918; marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 2 October 1918.
Unexpired portion of sentence (494 days) remitted, 4 October 1918.
Proceeded overseas to France, 4 October 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 6 October 1918.
Found guilty, 9 October 1918, of while of active service (1) being absent without leave from 2130 hours, until 2200 hours, 7 October 1918; (2) being in town without a pass; (3) improperly dressed: award, deprived of 14 days' pay.
Rejoined 1st Bn, 11 October 1918.
Admitted to No 1 Australian Field Ambulance, 12 October 1918, and transferred to No 1 Australian Field Ambulance Rest Station the same day (not yet diagnosed, pains in head); to No 3 Australian Field Ambulance, Abbeville, 13 October 1918.
Died, No 3 Australian General Hospital, 21 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia due to exposure).Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ECCLES Harry Mercer|