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Hartley ELMER

Regimental number101
Place of birthMurmungee, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address182 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.25"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Elmer, 178 Wells Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 March 1920
Discharge date8 October 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 22 August 1915 (gun shot wound, finger), and admitted to 16th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to HS 'Assaye', 27 August 1915, and admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh; transferred to Mena Convalescent Hospital, 20 September 1915; discharged to Base Rest Camp, Montazah, 2 October 1915; discharged to duty, 4 November 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 8 November 1915.

Found guilty, 13 November 1915, of being absent without leave, 2.30 pm to 11.15 pm, 12 November: deprived of 14 days' pay, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant; total forfeiture of pay: 15 days' pay.

Admitted to 15th Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 26 November 1915 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Convalescent Depot, Mudros, 30 November 1915; transferred to Base Depot, Mudros, 2 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 21 January 1916 (diarrhoea and varicocele); transferred to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, 24 January 1916 (influenza); to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 19 February 1916 (nephritis); discharged to Overseas Base, 9 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 9 June 1916, and transferred by Ambulance Train to 2nd Australian Division Rest Station (herpes); discharged to unit, and rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 June 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 30 September 1917 (varicocele), and transferred to 1st Australian Division Rest Station; to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 7 October 1917; to Ambulance Train, 7 October 1917, and admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre (gonorrhoea); discharged to Base Depot, 16 October 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 17 days; rejoined Bn, in the field, 3 November 1917.

Admitted to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 July 1918 (gonorrhoea); transferred to Ambulance Train No 38, 26 July 1918, and admitted to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, 27 July 1918; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 28 July 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 25 November 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 144 days; rejoined Bn, in the field, 3 January 1919.

Marched out to England, 15 January 1919, for return to Australia; marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 16 January 1919.

Admitted to 1st Australian General hospital, Sutton Veny, 16 June 1919 (anaemia).

Married Nellie HARPER, spinster, aged 21, The Anglican Parish Church, Warminster, Wiltshire, 26 June 1919.

Marched in to AIF Depots in the United Kingdom from hospital, 7 October 1919.

Proceeded on indefinite leave awaiting family ship, 15 October 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Zealandia', 27 March 1920; disembarked Sydney, 14 May 1920; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 8 October 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsTrue name probably Francis Laurel ELMER.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ELMER Hartley

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