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Harry Charles LEDGER

Regimental number4318
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotorman
AddressRose Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 6"
Weight121 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M. Ledger, Alexander Avenue, Rose Park, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 7 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Discharge date3 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France from 8th Training Bn, 5 April 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 7 April 1917.

Marched out to unit, 8 April 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 12 April 1917.

Admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, 19 May 1918 (gassed); transferred to No 47 Casualty Clearing Station, 20 May 1918; to No 34 Ambulance Train, 22 May 1918; to No 2 Canadian General Hospital, 23 May 1918; to England, 27 May 1918; to County of Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury, St Albans, 28 May 1918; to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 4 July 1918; discharged to furlough, 6 July 1918, and to report to No 4 Command Depot, 20 July 1918.

Posted absent without leave, 20 July 1917; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 23 July 1918.

Found guilty, 23 July 1918, of being absent without leave from 1100 hours, 20 July 1918, until 1400 hours, 22 July 1918: award, forfeits 3 days' pay and a total forfeiture of 6 days' pay.

Admitted to No 2 Group Hospital, Hurdcott, 17 August 1918; discharged to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 30 September 1918.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Leicestershire', 9 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 22 January 1919.

Medical note at Military Convalescent Hospital, North Adelaide, 3 April 1919, 'in Hos[pital] for 1 month and then came to 4 C.D. Has been short of breath, weak and debilitated since, and does not improve with training and treatment.'

Discharged (medically unfit, gas poisoning), Adelaide, 3 May 1919.

Total war service: 2 years 212 days (of which 2 years 77 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 November 1923
Age at death32
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (5 West 10), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA B2455 File 8195040

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