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Albert Edward MATTHEWS

Regimental number180
Place of birthSt Peters, Sydney, New South Wales
AddressGeorge Street, Mascot, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, A. Matthews, George Street, Mascot, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 24th Signal Company, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date30 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameSignal Company Engineers Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/11/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A30 Borda on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Infantry Brigade Headquarters
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Discharge date3 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Australia, 22 December 1914. Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli, 5 April 1915. Landed at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Withdrawn from Gallipoli, and disembarked at Alexandria, 3 January 1916.

Transferred to 4th Division Signal Company, 6 March 1916; taken on strength, 9 March 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 15 April 1916. Posted to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 30 April 1916; rejoined unit from School of Instruction, 21 May 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916. Reported for duty with unit, 21 June 1916. On leave to the United Kingdom, 5 December 1916; rejoined unit from leave, 15 December 1916. Promoted Temporary 2nd Corporal, 19 June 1917; promotion confirmed same day.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 30 October 1917. In hospital, sick, 14 November 1917-3 January 1918. Marched out to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, 11 January 1918; to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 15 January 1918. Marched out to Engneering Training Depot (Siynals Section), Clifton, 1 February 1918. Proceeded overseas to France, 11 February 1918; rejoined unit, 17 February 1918.

Promoted Corporal, 20 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Taranto, Italy, on board HT 'Port Sydney', 8 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 2 December 1918; discharged, 3 February 1919.

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

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