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Albert Edward ESHMAN

Regimental number1236
Date of birth9 November 1896
Place of birthBalgonnie, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressJohn Street, Wallsend, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, John Fred Eshman, John Street, Wallsend, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1919
Discharge date30 January 1920
Other details

War service: embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915. Rejoined unit, Tel-el-Kebir, from 8th Field Ambulance, 16 January 1916. Found guilty of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, 22 February 1916: awarded 10 hours' punishment drill in the afternoon. Transferred to 5th Division Artillery, taken on strength, mustered as a Gunner and posted to 58th Battery, 15 March 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria with 5th Divisional Base Depot Artillery Reinforcements, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 15 June 1916.

Moved out to active service from 5th Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 6 August 1916; taken on strength, 15th Field Artillery Brigade in the field, 10 August 1916. Transferred to 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 27 January 1917. Admitted to hospital sick (influenza), 1 February 1917; discharged to duty, 6 February 1917. Admitted to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, England (tonsillitis), 14 September 1917; discharged to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 24 October 1917, having been treated 40 days for venereal disease. Underwent a further 9 days' VD treatment, 30 October-7 November 1917. Marched into No. Convalescent Depot, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, 11 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 January 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 10 January 1918; rejoined 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 17 January 1918. Promoted temporary Bombardier, 24 October 1918. Admitted to hospital (influenza and tonsillitis), 26 October 1918; rejoined unit, 2 November 1918. Granted leave to England, 12-26 November 1918. Married Ada Vine Richardson, Nottingham, England, 19 November 1918.

Returned from leave, 1 December 1918. Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance (laryngitis), 3 February 1919; returned to duty, 10 February 1919; rejoined unit, 12 February 1919. Proceeded to England to commence return to Australia, 24 February 1919. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, 21 March 1919; discharged 21 June 1919 after 93 days' VD treatment.

Embarked for Australia, 22 June 1919; disembarked Sydney, 27 November 1919. Discharged as medically unfit, 13 January 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 September 1974
Age at death78
Place of burialCremated: Bersefield Crematorium, New South Wales

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