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Otto Lessing EVERS

Regimental number1544
Place of birthMarrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolFort Street Model Public School, Sydney, New South Wales
Other training2 Years at Hawkesbury Agricultural College, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHastings Street, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height6' 1"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Evers, Camenz, Hastings Street, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in 2nd Bn, Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force; returned to Australia; did not take part in capture of German New Guinea..
Enlistment date5 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 June 1915
Place of enlistmentAtherton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'While suffering from pneumonia he was invalided from Gallipoli to Cairo where while convalescent he was granted special permission at the request of General White and on the recommendation of Brig. General Lothbinithe and Sellheim to carry out in the Egyptian State Railway Workshops at Boulac, Cairo, the construction of a model of 2 periscopic sights for 2 machine guns which he was perfecting and which he had invented while on duty as machine gun driver on Gallipoli. Unfortunately, before completing this work he contracted smallpox which proved fatal.' Details from Mother.
FateDied of disease 15 May 1916
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialCairo War Memorial Cemetery (Row F, Grave No. 62), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick F. and Emily EVERS, 46 Weldon Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Embarked Cairns, 8 August 1914, for garrison duty, Thursday Island (War Station).

Re-embarked Thursday Island, 16 August 1914, on board HT 'Kanowna', for German New Guinea.

Returned to Townsville, 18 September 1914, on account of on-board trouble caused by ship's firemen; did not particpiate in capture of Rabaul.

Discharged, 18 September 1914.

Enlisted in AIF, 5 June 1915; embarked Brisbane, 29 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli), 4 September 1915.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, Mudros; transferred to 27th General Hospital, Mudros, 5 January 1916 (influenza); to HS 'Asturias', 11 January 1916, and admitted to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 14 January 1916; transferred to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 17 January 1916; discharged to duty, 29 January 1916.

Admitted to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 2 February 1916 (influenza); discharged to duty, 29 February 1916.

Admitted to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 3 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed); listed as 'dangerously ill', 5 May 1916; transferred to Government Hospital, Abbassia, 12 May 1916 (smallpox).

Died of smallpox, 15 May 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Lissing.
SourcesNAA: B2455, EVERS Otto Lessing

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