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Charles McELHONE

Regimental number2686
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBaandee, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 4"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Katherine McElhone, 'Majherafelt', Londonderry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 April 1916
Place of enlistmentFremantle, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Discharge date15 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle on HMAT 'Suffolk', 10 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 December 1916; moved out from 13th Training Bn, Codford, 14 February 1917. Embarked SS 'Invicta' and proceeded to France through Folkestone, 15 February 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 16 February 1917.

Found guilty at Etaples, 26 February 1917, of being absent without leave from parade, 8.00 am, 26 February 1917: forfeits total of 1 day's pay; moved out from base depot, 16 March 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, 19 March 1917.

Found guilty in the field, 11 July 1917, of being out of bounds, 10 July 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeits total of 1/15/- pay; on leave to United Kingdom, 5 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 5 March 1918.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 March 1918, and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, (gonorrhoea); transferred to Ambulance Train '36', 13 March 1918; admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 15 March 1918; discharged to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 15 April 1918 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 36 days); moved out from base depot, 30 April 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 10 May 1918.

Found guilty in the field, 8 June 1918, of being absent without leave in that he was absent from his billet without permission and was absent when company marched out to new billets, 7 June 1918: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2; to 4th Army Rest Camp, 26 July 1918; rejoined unit from camp, 10 August 1918; granted leave, 12 January 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 16 January 1919; proceeded on leave to England, 30 January 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 18 February 1919; moved out from field, 17 April 1919; moved out from Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 23 April 1919; marched into No 5 Group, Weymouth, 24 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Somali', 1 June 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 8 July 1919. Discharged Perth, 15 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McELHONE Charles

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