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Herbert John MATSON

Regimental number2367
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationLabourer
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 5.75"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr T. Matson, Ansell Street, Semaphore, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 November 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 October 1916
Discharge date9 March 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 9 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 3 April 1916.

Attached to 32nd Bn, Ferry Post, 22 April 1916.

Admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 24 April 1916; transferred to Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 25 April 1916 (defective eyesight); rejoined unit, 27 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 30th Bn, 12 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

To hospital, 18 July 1916; admitted to No 1 Ambulance Train, 19 July 1916 (cardiac); transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 20 July 1916; discharged to Base Details, Boulogne, 21 July 1916; marched into 5th Division Base Details, 24 July 1916.

Admitted to No 26 Hospital, Etaples, 9 August 1916 (debility); discharged and marched into 5th Division Base Details, 25 August 1916.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, 5 September 1916 (old shell wound); transferred to England, 7 September 1916; to No 2 West General Hospital, Manchester, 8 September 1916 (Valvular disease of the heart); to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 25 September 1916; discharged, 16 October 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Southampton on board HS 'Karoola', 16 October 1916; disembarked, 2 December 1916; discharged (medically unfit), 9 March 1917.

Total war service: 1 year 117 days (of which 269 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 January 1926
SourcesNAA: B2455, MATSON Herbert John

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