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Gustave Celeste LACHAL

Regimental number830
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBarrister
Address52 Abbotsford Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 8.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elizabeth M Lachal, 52 Abbotsford Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Place of enlistmentWoomelang, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Railway Operating Company
FateReturned to Australia 24 June 1916
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Leon and Margaret LACHAL
Discharge date26 April 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, no date stated.

Admitted to No 3 Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance, Anzac, 4 September 1915 (influenza); disembarked, Alexandria, 7 September 1915; to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 7 September 1915; to Res el Tin Convalescent Home, Alexandria, 19 October 1915.

Taken on strength of Australian Overseas Base, 4 December 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 1 January 1916.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, Tel el Kebir, 24 April 1916, on charges of (1) resisting an escort whose duty it was to have him in charge; (2) using insubordinate language at his superior officer: found Not Guilty on both charges.

Attached to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 15 June 1916.

Detailed for transport duty, 23 June 1916.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Sydney' from Suez, 24 June 1916; disembarked Melbourne, 22 July 1916; discharged Melbourne, 26 April 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death19 November 1939
Age at death60
Place of burialMelbourne General Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, LACHAL Gustave Celeste

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