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Reginald Leslie Bertram LE BILLINGS

Regimental number620
Place of birthGreenwich, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Reginald Le Billings, Second Home Counties, Ashford, Kent, England
Previous military serviceServed for 6 years in the Royal West Kent Volunteers; also in the Black Watch, London: time expired.
Enlistment date17 February 1917
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 February 1918
Discharge date8 April 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 9 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 20 July 1916; proceeded to England.

Found guilty, Larkhill, 18 September 1916, of disobedience of orders in that when ordered to double by Sergeant Bailey and Lt Osborne he did not do so: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 7 November 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight, 30 October, to 5.30 pm, 6 November 1916: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 7 days' pay.; total forfeiture: 12 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station, 5 December 1916 (flat feet), discharged to duty, in the field, same day.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 6 January 1917 (scabies); transferred to 11th Casualty Clearing Station, 24 January 1917; to Ambulance Train, 31 January 1917, and admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux; transferred to England, 7 February 1917 (asthma), and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 8 February 1917. Discharged on furlough, 20 February 1917, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 7 March 1917.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 March 1917.

Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 4 April 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 23 April 1917 (venereal disease and scabies); discharged, 23 June 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 62 days.

Marched in to Overseas Training Bn, 12 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 26 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 August 1917.

Detached to 3rd Australian Division Base Depot, Rouelles, 11 November 1917. Proceeded to England, 26 November 1917 (disability: asthma); marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Balmoral Castle', 1 February 1918; discharged (medically unfit: asthma), Adelaide, 8 April 1918.

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