|Place of birth||Georgetown, Tasmania|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs H Kestles, Georgetown, Tasmania|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Cairns, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||9th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||9th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli
TEmbarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Fiorce, Gallipoli, 26 July 1915; taken on strength, 9th Bn, Gallipoli, 30 July 1915.
Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 6 September 1915 and transferred to Mudros; transferred to HS 'Assaye', Gallipoli, 8 September 1915; arrived Alexandria, 11 September 1915, and admitted to 17th General Hospital (fever: severe). Transferred to Enteric Convalescent Camp, Port Said, 6 October 1915.
Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Karoola', 4 November 1915 (enteric fever); disembarked Brisbane, 8 December 1915, and admitted to 6th Australian General Hospital; under treatment for enteric untril 3 February 1916, when he disappeared.
Court of Enquiry held at 6th Australian General Hospital, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, 15 September 1916, found that Kestle had been illegally absent since 3 February 1916, and recommended that he be posted as a deserter.
Arrest warrant issued, 15 September 1916, on the grounds of desertion.
Ruled ineligible to receive war medals.Discharged, 22 July 1920, in consequence of desertion, being illegally absent from 3 February 1916.
|Sources||NAA: B2455, KESTLES Thomas Henry|