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Edward William HORTON

Regimental number1660
Place of birthNortham, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStriker
AddressMeckering, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 9"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Paley, Lockyer Avenue, West Northam, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 January 1915
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Sarah HORTON
Discharge date8 December 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lincoln', 4 August 1915, for discharged (venereal disease).

Reattested, 26 January 1916, owing to loss of original attestation papers. Did not embark on 7 March 1916 as planned; deserted, 14 March 1916.

Embarked Fremantle, 17 April 1916; disembarked Egypt, 14 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France to reinforce 51st Bn, 17 July 1916; taken on strength, 51st Bn, in the field, 21 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 3 September 1916 (gun shot wound, right shoulder); admitted to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 5 September 1916; transferred to England, 10 September 1916, and admitted to Hospital, Canterbury; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital from Shorncliffe Military Hospital, 1 November 1916; discharged to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 6 November 1916; marched in to No 4 Command Depot from furlough, 8 December 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Wareham, 12 February 1917 (fracture of tibia).

Admitted to Wareham Military Hospital, 20 February 1917 (old wound); discharged to Depot, 27 March 1917.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 April 1917.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 5 June 1917.

Classified B.1.A.3, 9 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 July 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 31 July 1917.

Left unit to attend Medical Board, Havre, 26 December 1917; classified PB (old wound), 16 January 1918, and proceeded to England.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 17 January 1918.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 28 February 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 18 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 May 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 May 1918.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 30 May 1918 (debility); transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 June 1918, and then to 4th Army Convalescent Depot; discharged to duty, 6 July 1918; rejoined unit, 9 July 1918.

Left unit to attend Medical Board, Havre, 14 July 1918 (old wound, chest); transferred to England, 28 July 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 July 1918.

Married Beatrice JONES, spinster, aged 33, Christ Church Anglican Church, Battersea, London, 17 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 23 September 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 26 November 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Perth, 8 December 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 February 1931
Age at death44
Place of burialNortham Cemetery, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, HORTON Edward William

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