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Regimental number7231
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
AddressToowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs L A Esler, c/o M C Hurry, Lincoln Street, Nundora Estate, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 October 1916
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Discharge date5 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 12 April 1917, and marched into 4th Training Bn, Codford.

Appointed Acting Lance Corporal, 2 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 July 1917, and reverted to the ranks; taken on strength, 15th Bn, in the field, 27 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 26 September 1917 (gun shot wound, jaw), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 27 September 1917; transferred to 83rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 27 September 1917; to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 29 November 1917; to No 2 General Hospital, Havre, 29 November 1917 (influenza); to No 4 Convalescent Depot, Havre, 10 December 1917; to 4 ADBD, 18 December 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 8 January 1918.

Transferred to Australian Army Pay Corps, 4 September 1918; promoted to ER Sergeant while performing pay duties, 4 September 1918, and attached to 15th Bn as Pay Sergeant.

Marched out to England for duty as Chief Pay Officer, 6 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of Exeter', 12 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 26 August 1919; discharged, 5 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ESLER John

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