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Eric Gawthorne KIDGELL

Regimental number2497
Place of birthGympie, Queensland
ReligionCongregational
OccupationMagician
Address483 Newcastle Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 4"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Martha Kidgell, Myrrhee via Moyhu, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 18 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1915
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2556 William Gawthorne KIDGELL, killed in action, Pozieres, 16 May 1916; Cousin: 296 Phillip Hensan KIDGELL, awarded Military Medal, returned to Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength, 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915; reverted to rank of Private on joining Bn, 2 August 1915; promoted Lance Corporal, 2 August 1915; reported sick, 26 August 1915; proceeded to Malta, 4 September 1915; admitted to St John's Hospital, Malta, 4 September 1915 (gastric enteritis); transferred to England, 9 September 1915; admitted to King George's Hospital, Stamford, England, 16 September 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Star of England', 12 December 1915; disembarked Melbourne, 29 January 1916; admitted to 5th Australian General Hospital; transferred to 5th Military District; admitted to 8th Australian General Hospital; discharged Perth, 1 April 1916 (medically unfit, gastric ulcer).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName spelt Eric Yawthorne KIDGELL on NAA
Date of death21 February 1955
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, KIDGELL Eric Gawthorne

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