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Regimental number4963
Place of birthDeniliquin, New South Wales
SchoolFort Street High School, Sydney, New South Wales
Other trainingServed in Cadets and in Citizen Military Forces.
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 11"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Mrs M Eldershaw, Burley, Royalist Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death21
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 1), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Philip and Mary ELDERSHAW, Moran Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt

Embarked Sydney, 12 May 1915.

Transferred to Australia, 3 August 1915; commenced return to Australia from Suez on board 'Port Lincoln', 4 August 1915; disembarked Melbourne, 2 September 1915 (venereal disease).

Returned to duty, 7 March 1916, and allotted Regimental Number 4963.

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 57th Bn from 2nd Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 April 1916; taken on strength of 57th Bn, Hog's Back, 20 April 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 6 May 1916 (wort); discharged, and rejoin 57th Bn, Sphinx Post, 12 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried at Rue du Bois Cemetery by Reverend G.B. Statt, no date stated.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1000513, 4284 Pte S. MOONEY, D Company, 57th Bn, 12 November 1918: 'I was about fifty yards from him on the morning of the 20th. July 1918 (sic), daylight, when he was killed instantly by shell; his head was blown off; along with Sergeant Shaw, D. 13. This was in our own lines at Vermillers.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee 98 Athol Gale ELDERSHAW for first period of service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ELDERSHAW Athol Gale
Red Cross File No 1000513

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