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Ernest Charles KING

Regimental number4132
Place of birthHampshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
AddressFrancis Street, Echuca, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, William John King, Francis Street, Echuca, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 December 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Mechanical Transport Company
FateDischarged 26 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 9 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 18 May 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, 25 May 1916 (tympanitis); discharged to Segregation Camp, Marseilles, 2 June 1916.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, 29 June 1916 (influenza); transferred to England, 5 July 1916, and admitted same day to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham.

Attached for duty to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 8 August 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 October 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged on furlough, 20 October 1916, to report to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield.

Found guilty, 6 November 1916, of being absent without leave from 1600, 4 November, to 1230, 6 November 1916: awarded 120 hours' detention, and forfeiture of 8 days' pay.

Admitted to Endell Street Military Hospital, London, 31 January 1917 (disordered action of the heart); discharged to duty, 5 February 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 6 February 1917 (shell shock); discharged to duty at Harefield, 13 February 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 30 June 1917 (neurasthenia); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 30 June 1917 (unfit for Home Service, 3 months); marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 28 July 1917; marched out to Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 31 July 1917; marched out to Army Service Corps Training Depot, Parkhouse, 8 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 September 1917; marched in to Brigade Mechanical Transport Depot, Rouen, 13 September 1917; taken on strength, 4th Australian Division Supply Column, 20 October 1917.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 February 1918 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 February 1918; to Ambulance Train No 8, 10 February 1918 (pyrexia), and admitted to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 11 February 1918; tramsferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 25 February 1918 (influenza); discharged to Base Depot, 27 March 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 10 April 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 14 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 29 October 1918.

Detached to 12th Field Ambulance, 6 April 1919.

Marched out to United Kingdom for demobilisation, 29 April 1919; marched in to No 4 Group, Hurdcott, 30 April 1919; marched out to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 28 July 1919.

Discharged in London (demobilised), 26 October 1919.

Total war service: 3 years 313 days (of which 3 years 234 days were abroad)

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 12 March 1920; disembarked Melbourne, 6 May 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 September 1974
Place of burialLilydale Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, KING Ernest Charles

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