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Walter Somerville HAM

Date of birth13 October 1871
Place of birthSt Kilda, Victoria
SchoolWesley College, Melbourne, Victoria
OccupationSharebroker
Addressc/o Baillieu, Allard & Co., Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 10"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinWife, c/o Baillieu, Allard & Co., Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in 7th Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date28 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLT (HON CAPT)
Unit name8th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
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Captain


Unit: 8th Battalion
Promotion date: 9 May 1915

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1916
Discharge date20 July 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 June 1915.

Admitted to 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, 3 July 1915 (gastro-enteritis); discharged to duty, 8 July 1915; rejoined unit, Gallipoli, 9 August 1915.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, 20 October 1915; transferred same day to No 1 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Mudros; to Lowland Convalescent Depot, 7 December 1915; to Anzac Advanced Base, 13 December 1915; to Egypt, 28 December 1915; rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 25 January 1916.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 1 February 1916 (rheumatism), and transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir (chronic rheumatism); to No 4 Hospital Train, 2 February 1916, and admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh; to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 18 February 1916; discharged to duty, 1 March 1916.

Board of Enquiry, held at Alexandria, 10 May 1916, declared him 'Unfit for General Service'.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Kanowna', 11 May 1916 (melancholia); disembarked Melbourne, 15 June 1916; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAM Walter Somerville

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