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Edmond Langford McELLISTER

Regimental number2297
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm labourer
Addressc/o J Hausen, Widgecarrup, via Wagin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.8
Height5' 8"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Alice Line Clarke, 5 Kerr Street, West Leederville, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 May 1915
Place of enlistmentWagin, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Discharge date3 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.

Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 9 September 1915 (gastro-enteritis); transferred to Mudros, 11 September 1915; admitted to 25th Casualty Clearing Station, Imbros, 12 September 1915; transferred to Egypt, 21 September 1915 (diarrhoea), and admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Cairo, 24 September 1915; transferred to Mena House Hospital, 16 October 1915 (eye trouble); to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 26 October 1915 (conjunctivitis); discharged to duty, 8 November 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916 (day unclear).

Found guilty, 24 June 1916, of being absent without leave from 2100 to 2245, 24 April: awarded 48 hours' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 19 August 1917 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); transferred to 7th General Hospital, Boulogne, 20 August 1917; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 23 August 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 29 September 1917, of when on Active Service disobeying a lawful command given by his superior Officer, in that he at 39th General Hospital Havre on 14/09/17 when ordered by No 54279 Sgt D. Franks RGA to go to the treatment hut and carry on with his fatigue, did not do so: found guilty; awarded 56 days' Field Punishment No 1, and forfeited 70 days' pay.

Discharged from hospital, 22 December 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 126 days.

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 31 December 1917 (piles); discharged to Base Depot, 13 January 1918.

Admitted to 4th Stationary Hospital, Harfleur, 16 January 1918 (piles); discharged, 9 February 1918.

Admitted to Casino Hospital, 13 February 1918 (no details recorded); discharged to Base Depot, 14 February 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Havre, 20 February 1918 (piles); transferred to England, 1 March 1918, and admitted to 15th Canadian General Hospital, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, 5 March 1918.

Found guilty, 10 March 1918, of (1) being absent without leave, 5.30 pm till midnight, 9 March 1918; (2) breaking into barracks: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Discharged on furlough, 26 March 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 April 1918.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 23 April 1918.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longridge Deverill, 22 June 1918.

Found guilty, Sandhill, 5 July 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight, 4 July, till 1345, 6 July 1918: awarded 6 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 8 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 July 1918; rejoined 6th Bn, in the field, 24 July 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 27 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Anchises', 28 February 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 10 April 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 3 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McELLISTER Edmond Langford

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