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Francis George ELDRIDGE

Regimental number4478
Place of birthGarvoc, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressToolong via Port Fairy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 2.25"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, G R Eldridge, Toolong via Port Fairy, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Discharge date18 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Egypt, 22 March 1916.

Transferred to 46th Bn, 2 May 1916; taken on strength, 5 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force,2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Admitted to 75th Field Ambulance, 10 June 1917; rejoined unit, 15 June 1917 (no further details recorded).

Detached for duty to 4th Australian Division Headquarters, 24 January 1918.

Found guilty, 18 April 1918, of when on Active Service being in the town of Amiens without a pass: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 25 August 1918 (gassed), admitted to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, and transferred same day to Ambulance Train No 15; admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 August 1918; transferred to England, 27 August 1918, and admitted to Stourbridge Section of 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 28 August 1918. Discharged on furlough, 11 November 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor, 12 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 18 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 October 1955
SourcesNAA: B2455, ELDRIDGE Francis George

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