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William Bakewell WHETSTONE

Regimental number5833
Place of birthBurton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressMarivale, Manjimup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4.5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jessie Louisa Whetstone, Manjimup, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in Cheltenham School Cadet Training Corps, England.
Enlistment date7 September 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/89/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Discharge date13 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, Divisional Ammunition Column, Cairo, and posted to No 4 Section, 12 November 1915.

Found guilty, 20 February 1916, of hesitating to obey an order: awarded 4 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 24 February 1916, of absence from post while acting as a sentinel: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, 25 February 1916 (tonsilitis); rejoined unit from hospital, Zeitoun, 7 March 1916.

Embarked Aklexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Detached to 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, 29 January 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 3 February 1917.

On leave to England, 18 May 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 3 June 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 July 1917 (scabies), and transferred to Scabies Station; discharged to duty, 16 July 1917; rejoined unit, 21 July 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 3 October 1917 (tonsillitis), and transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station; discharged to duty, 8 October 1917; rejoined unit, 9 October 1917.

Found guilty, 16 November 1917, of when on Active Service, an act prejudicial to good order and Military Discipline, in that he commented in an insubordinate manner on an Order given by his Superior Officer: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2.

On leave to Paris, 24 December 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 3 January 1918.

Detached for duty to 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, 16 January 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 3 February 1918.

On leave to England, 26 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 15 March 1918.

Detached for duty to 8th Transport Company, 26 March 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 27 March 1918.

Found guilty, 17 March 1918, of being absent without leave, 7.15 am, 12 March, to 7.15 am, 14 March 1918: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 17 days' pay.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 29 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Anchises', 28 February 1919; disembarked Albany, 7 April 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Perth, 13 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as William Whetstone BAKEWELL .
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHETSTONE William Bakewell

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