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Charles ELORANTA

Regimental number219
Place of birthFinland in Russia
ReligionLutheran
OccupationSailor
Address32 Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Soffia Wallenius, Raumo, Finland in Russia
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 1 Squadron, B Flight
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/4/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March 1916
Unit from Nominal Roll67th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
FateDischarged 28 May 1919
Discharge date23 May 1919
Other details

War service: Middle East

Disembarked Suez from Australia, 14 April 1916. Attached to Aircraft Park, Abbassia, 21 April 1916.

Admitted to Government Hospital, Suez, 18 July 1916 (tonsillitis); discharged to duty, 28 July 1916. Found guilty,18 July 1916, of improper reply to an NCO whilst carrying out his duties: awarded 7 days' confined to camp; forfeited 7 days' pay.

Admitted to Government Hospital, Suez, 9 August 1916 (tonsillitis); returned to duty, 67 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 28 August 1916. Admitted to No. 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 11 September 1916 (nasal catarrh); transferred to British Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Montazah, 18 September 1916; to No. 17 General Hospital, Alexandria, 27 September 1916 (tonsillitis); discharged to duty, 9 October 1916; rejoined 67 Squadron, 19 October 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 17 February 1917; discharged to duty, 22 February 1917 (no details recorded). Admitted to Citadel General Hospital, Cairo, 10 August 1917 (pyrexia, origin unknown); transferred to Convalescent Depot, Abbassia, 19 August 1917 (sandfly fever); discharged, 28 August 1917; rejoined 67 Squadron, 28 August 1917. Promoted Air Mechanic First Class to complete establishment, 1 November 1917.

Embarked from Port Said for UK 10% leave, 27 March 1919.

Discharged in London, 28 May 1919. Total war service: 3 years 146 days (of which 3 years 64 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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