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Alfred John LETSON

Regimental number39
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
Other NamesLETSON, John Alfred
ReligionChurch of England
Address98 Mercey Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.625"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Ruby Letson, 98 Mercey Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 February 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 July 1918
Date of death29 May 1921
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, Victoria.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915; after evacuating Gallipoli and proceeding to Mudros, he disembarked Alexandria, 10 January 1916.

Transferred to 6th Machine Gun Company, Canal Zone, 1 March 1916; taken on strength, Moascar, 9 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 24 March 1916.

To be Driver, 5 May 1916.

Founf guilty, 22 August 1916, of being absent without leave from 17 August, to 20 August 1916: forfeited a total of 32 days pay.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 16 February 1917 (scabies); transferred to 1st Australian Rest Station, 16 February 1917; rejoined unit, 23 February 1917.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 2 June 1917 (influenza); discharged to duty, 11 June 1917; rejoined unit, 11 June 1917.

Wounded in action, 5 October 1917; admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 6 October 1917 (gun shot wound, left elbow); transferred to Ambulance Train No. 18, 7 October 1917; to 16th General Hospital, Le Treport, 8 October 1917; to England, 11 October 1917; to Lewisham Military Hospital, England, 15 October 1917; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 19 November 1917; discharged, 21 November 1917; marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 21 November 1917.

Sick to Group Hospital, 30 November 1917 (septic arm); admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 10 December 1917 (septic arm); discharged to Training Bn, 19 April 1918; marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 19 April 1918.

Admitted to Brigade Hospital, Hurdcott, 18 May 1918 (micturition); transferred to Fovant Military Hospital, 20 May 1918; discharged, 1 June 1918; marched into No 3 Command Depot, 1 June 1918; marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymough, 21 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Malta', 31 July 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 28 September 1918; discharged. 4 October 1918 (medically unfit, incontinence of urine).

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

Victory Medal marked returned, 10 May 1923.
SourcesNAA: B2455, LETSON Alfred John

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