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Robert Andrew AIKMAN

Regimental number2278
Place of birthHindmarsh, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBowden, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation45
Height5' 6.5"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Elizabeth Freeman, Gibson Street, Bowden, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 December 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Veterinary Hospital
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Discharge date22 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 48th Bn, Serapeum, 19 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9[?] June 1916.

Admitted to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 June 1916 (bronchitis); transferred to Ambulance Train No 29, 24 June 1916, and admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 24 June 1916; transferred to England, 25 June 1916, and admitted to hospital [name not recorded]; transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 22 July 1916 (bronchitis and pleurisy); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 21 September 1916; transferred to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth (date not recorded); debited 7/5 for loss of kit, 27 September 1916; marched in to 1st Training Bn, Perham Downs, 23 November 1916.

Admitted to Parkhouse Military Hospital, 5 May 1917.

Taken on strength, Australian Army Veterinary Corps Details, Parkhouse, 5 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 May 1917; taken on strength, AAVC Hospital, Calais, 17 May 1917.

Classified 'PU' by Medical Board, 28 July 1917.

On leave to England, 2 August 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 16 August 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 6 January 1919; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 7 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Denison', 25 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 6 May 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 22 June 1919.

War service: 3 years 178 days (of which 3 years 54 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 September 1947
SourcesNAA: B2455, AIKMAN Robert Andrew

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